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The Serpent lias entwined its folds about the Capitol.
(See page 106.)
THE LAP OF ROME.
JUSTIN D. FULTON, D.D.,
Author of " Why Priests Should Wed;" "Roman Catholic Element
in American History ;" The Way Out ; or, The Escape of a
Nun;" " Rome in America ;" "Show Your Colors;"
11 Life of Timothy Gilbert; " " Sam Hobart ; "
" Woman in the Toils of Home," etc.
"WHEREFORE TAKE UNTO YOU THE WHOLE ARMOR
THAT YE MAY BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND IN THE EVIL DAY, AND
HAVING DONE ALL TO STAND." PAUL.
PUBLISHED BY W. KELLAWAY,
(OFFICE OF THE FREE PRESS,)
v JUSTIN D. FULTON.
WHO WILL Am
UNCOILING THE SERPENT ENCIRCLING
THE UNITED STATES,
AND IN TAKING
WASHINGTON OUT or THE LAP OF ROME ;
A FREE CHURCH AND A FREE SCHOOL
A FREE STATE,
MAY MAKE THE GREAT REPUBLIC
THE GLORY OF THE WORLD:
2300ft is efctratetr,
PRAYER AND HOPE.
Connubial Felicity Enjoyed by Priests and Nuns 167
Jesuits in the Parlor ; or, Fashionable Life in Washington . . 177
A Warning and an Appeal 19],
Romish Schools Our Peril 213
Parochial Schools and Indulgences 228
Can Washington be Taken Out of the Lap of Rome? 247
"WASHINGTON in the Lap of Rome" has been
written to call the attention of the American
people to the great trust which has been betrayed,
and to the great work which devolves upon them.
It uncovers facts which will bring the blush of
shame to the cheek of the real Republican and
fill his soul with indignation. Fifteen thousand
department clerks are under the surveillance of
Rome. If it be not true, as is charged, that a
private wire runs from the White House, in
Washington, to the Cardinal s Palace, in Baltimore,
and that every important question touching the
interests of Romanism in America is placed before
his eye, before it becomes a public act, it is true
that the Cardinal is a factor in politics. Romanism
is the dominant power in the Capitol of the United
States. Lincoln, Grant, and Arthur withstood
it, and suffered the consequences. The power is
unseen. It is shadowy. It inhabits the air and
infects it. Romanism is the malaria of the spiritual
world. It stupefies the brain, deadens the heart,
and sears the conscience as with a hot iron.
It comes, as did the tempter, with gifts in its
hands, of rule, of power, and of wealth, to all
who will fall down and worship it. They who
yield have peace and praise. They who refuse
must fight a terrible foe. The cry has been for
peace. The lips of some of the ministers and
members of the Church of Christ have been
padlocked. Politicians, in the grasp of this power,
are unable or unwilling to move. They clank their
chains with delight, and glory in being allied with
an organism so potential and so astute. Others
see the peril, and withstand its open and determined
advance. No longer now is the clash of arms
heard. The city is not, to human sight, a camp
of armed men, as in the days of civil war;
but if eyes could be opened as were those of
the prophet s servant, when horses and chariots were
circling in the air, proofs of a conflict might now
be discerned, more desperate than was ever fought
by flesh and blood on the earth. To-day the " City
of Magnificent Distances " resembles the child in the
presence of the snake. It is being charmed by
the viper. Duty demands that the truth be told
which shall break the back of the monster. "Why
Priests Should Wed " uncovered the pollutions
of Romanism in the hope of saving the women
and girls of the Roman Catholic Church, now
held in the grasp of superstition. " Washington
in the Lap of Rome " appeals to mankind. The
surrender to Rome of the Capital of the Great
Republic means death to liberty. The people of
all lands and climes are interested in the conflict.
The facts given will ripen the indignation of
pure-minded men and women against the Jesuitical
foe, who no longer creeps under cover or hides
in the shadow of some wall, but stalks boldly
forth on his errand of wickedness. It is believed
that it will cause lovers of liberty to shake
themselves from their lethargy, and not only take
Washington out of the lap of Rome, but throttle the
monster threatening the future of the Republic,
and lift the nation to its rightful place as the
educator of mankind, the leader of the best thought,
and the personification of God s great purpose, in
placing within the area of an ocean-washed Republic
a free Church in a free State.
May God help the truth, is the prayer of
JUSTIN D. FULTON.
WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF EOME,
THE JESUIT UNIVERSITY IN THE NEW LIGHT.
ROMANISM is beginning to uncover its hand in
America. It begins to be fearless, now that it is
becoming natural. It is attempting to do here what
it has achieved in Europe, to awe the state, control
the people, and banish liberty.
Slowly, stealthily, with the look of a saint for
the outward seeming, with the heart of a Jesuit for
the inward reality, Romanism has accomplished in
fact, if not in name, what in name as well as in fact
she achieved in so many of the kingdoms of Europe,
a union of Church and State. This few will admit, but
all may know that fact was to have been revealed
on the 24th of May, 1888 ; that it was not, was not
Rome s fault, but God s decree. Preparations had
been going on for months to lay on that day, in the
presence of the distinguished representatives of the
nation, the corner-stone of 4 the Catholic University
of America, that the light of virtue and science
might be preserved in the State," in accordance with
the decrees and behests of Rome. The Cardinal, the
Prince of the Roman Catholic church who was to
officiate as President of the Board of Trustees, is, by
virtue of his high office, the most conspicuous figure
in the Catholic church in this country. Born of Irish
parents, July 23rd, 1834, in Baltimore, and accom-
12 WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME.
panying his father to Ireland as a child, where he
received his early education, he returned to the
United States and graduated from St. Charles Col
lege, Howard Co., Md., in 1857. He then studied
theology in St. Mary s Seminary, Baltimore, and was
ordained a priest June 30th, 1861. Seven years
later he was consecrated bishop of North Carolina.
Afterwards he took up his abode in Richmond, Ya.,
and in 1877 became coadjutor of Archbishop Bayley,
of Baltimore, and upon his death became his succes
sor. After the death of Cardinal McCloskey he was
appointed to his present exalted position, and carried
to it great versatility of talent, an unconquerable
energy, and much learning
Gen. W. S. Rosecrans, Grand Marshal, was born
in Ohio in 1819, graduated from West Point in 1842,
and in the Civil War rose from the position of col
onel to corps commander. In 1867 he resigned from
the army, went to California, was elected to Con
gress, and at the expiration of his term was appointed
Register of the Treasury. His brother was a bishop
of the Roman Catholic church, and he has been
noted for his devotion to his church, whether as
soldier, congressman, or citizen. The orator of the
day, Rev. J. L. Spalding, was born in Lebanon, Ky.,
in 1840. Educated in Emmetsburg, Ind. , St. Mary s,
Cincinnatti, and in Louvain, Belgium, on May 1st,
1877, he was consecrated bishop of Peoria. He is
a scholarly man, and it has been his dream for years
to have a great Catholic University built in the
United States. It was through him that Miss Mary
Gwendolen Caldwell made known her gift of $300,-
000 to the prelates of the Baltimore Council. The
mother of Miss Caldwell was a member of the Breck-
enridge family. The father amassed a large fortune
in New Orleans, and in 1863 was compelled to come
North. Residing in New York, the daughter was
WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME. 13
educated at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Man-
hattanville, New York, after which she travelled
extensively in Europe. The father, at his death,
left an estate of four million dollars, to be divided
between his two daughters. The Rev. John J.
Keane, the Rector of the University, was born in
Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland, Sept. 12th,
1839. He studied classics at St. Charles College,
Baltimore, and subsequently pursued a full course
in St. Mary s Seminary, and was ordained in 1866.
For many years he served as assistant of St. Pat
rick s church, Washington, and in 1878 he was
appointed to the See of Richmond. Bishop Keane s
zeal, scholarship, eloquence and organizing ability
led to his election as a rector of the University. He
has raised $800,000 to endow it.
In 1882 Bishop Spalding visited Rome, and ob
tained the Papal approval. The proposition was
discussed by the Archbishops, called to Rome in 1883,
and in 1884 the sanction and benediction of the Pope
was promulgated to the Plenary Council in Balti
more. It was expected that the Cardinal, dressed in
the red robes of his office, arm-in-arm with the Presi
dent of the United States, was to strike the blow
which would inaugurate the commencement of an
enterprise that would exert a felt influence upon the
institutions of this fast-growing Republic. Soldiers,
belonging to an army seven hundred thousand strong,
now enlisted and drilled, and being led by the
scarred veterans of the Confederate and Union arm
ies, were to be there, under the command of Mayor
General Rosecrans, Grand Marshal, who, with pranc
ing steed and nodding plume, was to place before
the eyes of gathered thousands the proof that Church
and State were united, and that a willing soldiery
were getting ready to enforce the decrees of Rome.
Bands of music accompanied the delegations, and
14 WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME.
filled the air with martial strains, as on Wednesday
evening they marched along the streets of Washington.
Archbishops, bishops and priests, monks and nuns
and Christian brothers, crowded the homes of expect
ant Romanists. Everything was apparently for
Rome. The President of the United States left the
Presbyterian Assembly in Philadelphia to grace with
his presence this occasion. Every member of the
cabinet and distinguished statesmen were expected
to keep him company. Seats were prepared on the
platform for two thousand guests.
That night, in a great hall in Washington, gathered
a company of praying people. They saw the peril ;
they declared it, and pleaded with God to bring con
fusion upon the enemies of the faith ; though minis
ters in Washington as a rule, and the churches
almost without exception, recognize the Roman
Catholic church as a part of the Christian world, and
are opposed to saying anything, or having anything
said, that shall provoke discussion, or awaken
enmity. Many there are who believe that Roman
ism is the foe of Christianity, and is yet to be cast
Thursday morning came. The day darkened as it
climbed towards noon ; the rain came first as a pro
test. It increased in quantity, and finally fell in
sheets. The streets looked like rivers. The pro
cession was abandoned ; the town was held in the
grip of the storm. The crowd that gathered about
the great stand was roofed with umbrellas. The
cardinal and clergy, who expected to pass around the
building to bless the foundations, were unwilling to
face the storm. At three P.M., a
CHANGE OF PROGRAMME
was announced, in these words: "3 P.M. The
procession has been abandoned ; but the rest of
WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME. 15
the ceremony will go on." It did not go on ! The
foundations remained unblest ! As Burns said :
" Full mony a plan of mice and men
Gang oft a-glee."
It is not the first time that Jehovah, by storm
and rain, has disconcerted and broken up the plans
of Rome. Twice this was done in the days of
Napoleon ; when, but for them, he would have been
master of the world. But it came and piled
his ships on the lee shore, and buried sailor and
soldier in a watery grave.
Once this same terrible result was reached
when Philip II. of Spain sent his Armada of
ships to crush out the power of Elizabeth, England s
noble queen. In our own land, a storm helped
us, when hope had almost died out of the heart.
In the Old South church, Boston, there stood up
the man of God to pray. Liberty was imperilled.
A fleet was on its way from the Old World to
the New, bearing soldiers, determined to make an
end of the attempt to kindle on the shores of
this Western World the light of a new-born
hope. The wind, that gently lifted a lock of his
white hair from his brow, was but the touch of
that tempest that engulphed the fleet in ruin
and saved the country from peril. That Being
who permitted the persecution of the children
of Israel until Pharaoh was beside himself with
wrath and egotism, and, as if to defy God, followed
the people in their march to Canaan, until the floods
environed him, when God withdrew the unseen
walls which held back the sea and permitted
the waters to break forth, smiting horse, men,
and riders with the wrath of God, until chariot-
wheel crushed into chariot- wheel, and Pharaoh s
host, with all their pride and pomp, sank into
16 WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME.
the bottom of the sea "as a stone," still lives, and
Rome, that in spite of warnings and remonstrances
had attempted to dominate our intellectual forces,
was compelled to halt, and learned again that the
" Lady of the Tiber" was to suffer mortification and
chagrin, as her beautiful garments were dispoiled
by the rain the good rain, that made the meadows
glorious, and opened flowers for the coming sun,
and that did for Romanism in the United States
what the storm did for the Armada in the Channel.
The Cardinal that could make the son of a
Presbyterian minister bow to Rome that could
touch a spring and send seven millions of people
in America to obey the behests of Leo XIII., could
not control God. "Sing unto the Lord a new song,
for he hath triumphed gloriously ; " and, in answer to
prayer, thwarted the scheme to make an impression
by a pageant we do not need, and will not always
It was understood that the corner-stone of the
building would be laid, no matter what sort of
weather prevailed, so members of the Catholic
societies and others went bravely on in the rain,
attending to the duties assigned them. The bishops
assembled at Father Chapelle s residence at two
o clock, where they took carriages with the cardinal
and his attendants, and they were driven to the
Middleton estate, next to the Soldiers Home, which
they had purchased for $27,000. It has a
picturesque and commanding location. An old-
fashioned driveway, between rows of trees, leading
to the old house, starts from the intersection of
Lincoln avenue with the Bunker Hill road. The
grounds extend to the Metropolitan Branch of
the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and the railroad
station of Brooks is located there. The distance
from the city is two and a-half miles. So out they
WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME. 17
went, hoping against hope, that the rain would
The ecclesiastical ceremony at the site of the
University was planned as follows : The procession
was to form at three o clock along the Bunker Hill
road. The various divisions were to gather in fields
on both sides of the railroad, in such manner that
the first division, when it files out, will pass before
all the divisions, and each division in turn will
march out upon the road, so that the whole long
procession will pass in review before the last
division, composed of the bishops and clergy.
Following an ecclesiastical custom, each division
is arranged with the junior organization first. Thus
the youngest parish is placed at the head of the
division, composed of representatives of parishes,
and the oldest last. In the division composed of
the clergy, the different bodies are arranged accord
ing to their ecclesiastical rank, the Christian Brothers
coming first, followed in order by the priests, the
bishops, the archbishops, and last by the Cardinal,
the highest dignitary. In the programme it was
arranged to sing Haydn s anthem, "The Heavens
are Telling," the choir to be accompanied by the
full Marine Band. The heavens told, without the
song, that America has no need of a Papal university,
built to perpetuate the dominion of Romanism and
to unify the many elements of which the Roman
Catholic church in America is composed. One
feature of the institution is the establishment of
" University Burses." The "Burse" is a fund out
of which the poor students are cared for. Every
person is at liberty to contribute to it whatever sum
he or she may desire. The object is to aid any
bright-minded man whose appetite for scholarly
attainment in the scientific, or the historical, or the
mathematical fields of knowledge are known, but
18 WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF HOME.
not brought out because of the lack of means to
develop them. The reason for locating the univer
sity at Washington was ostensibly, as urged by
Father Chapelle, because the Capital is growing
rapidly as a social, as well as a political centre ;
that its literary circle is a growing and a liberal one ;
that a great general library, a superb law library,
scientific works and collections, the National Museum,
the Observatory, and other public institutions, offered
facilities for study that could not be secured else
where. In fact, it is the dream of Romanists to
make Washington the Rome of America. The
Capitol is to be the Vatican ; the great Department-
buildings, the homes of her oligarchy, when the
Tiber there, as in the Seven-hilled City of Italy, shall
give name to the mistress of the Republic which
hopes to be mistress of the world ; and when this
result is achieved, it would be in keeping to have
the Catholic University of America located at that
centre of Mary s Land.
It was Thursday evening, May 24th, 1888. A com
pany ot lovers of American institutions were gathered
in one of the corridors of a great hotel. In came the
man who had led the meeting for prayer, and whose
face looked as though victory was in the air. He
had been all day with the Jesuits. He had seen
their discomfiture, and witnessed their mortification,
wrath and desperation.
" What is the outlook?"
< 4 T ~
How goes the fight ? "
" Never better. Rome has met her Waterloo,
and has received a blow she will not soon forget.
Cardinal Gibbons finds that he cannot manage God.
He is beaten. The archbishop, bishop, and priests
realize it. The president, cabinet, and congressmen
who have bent the supple hinges of the knee, that
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thrift might follow fawning, now see it. Whiskey
flows as free to-night as water fell to-day. It is ap
palling to hear the profanity. Between yesterday
and to-day what a change ! Then all was hope ; now
all is gloom ! A leading priest, who invited the
speaker to come and witness the ceremony, is des
pondent enough. The minister reminded him of the
prophecy, read to him from Revelation 18 : 16, and,
changing it, said : Alas, alas, that great company,
clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet and
decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, in
one hour have been brought to see their helplessness
when contending with the Almighty. May it not
be a type of the disasters to attend the enterprise ?
A bad start is a prophecy of what, at least, is possible.
The charter the organism, all will be opposed.
4 The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and the heav
ens and the earth shall shake ; but the Lord shall be
the hope of his people, and the strength of the chil
dren of Israel. So shall ye know that I am the
Lord your God, dwelling in Zion, my holy moun
tain. All recognized how the mighty angel may
cast Rome down as a stone is thrown into the sea
when the truth gets before the people, and the ma
chinations of this foe of liberty are understood."
Tongues were loosened. Rome, though mighty,
was not almighty. The truculency of politicians
had been of no avail. The president and cabinet
went home chagrined ; better, if not wiser, men.
The Great University looked well on paper ; but
looked very diminutive to those standing in the mud
and rain. So will it be when God shall take Rome
in hand. "How much she hath glorified herself
and lived deliciously ; for she saith in her heart, I sit
a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death,
mourning, and famine ; and she shall be utterly
20 WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME.
burned with fire : for strong is the Lord God who
Thus spoke the minister to his friend, the priest.
The words shook him up. They loosened the
foundation on which superstition had been build
ing. The New was coming. The battle was on.
Never did a fiercer conflict rage in Washington. The
forts were dismantled after the war. Soldiers in blue
and gray had gone far away ; yet the city was full
of combatants. Months before in a Roman Catholic
institution, concerning which a war of words seems
to go on from year to year, the minister met the
priest. They sat at a table with distinguished Roman
ists, priests and laymen. Eleven nuns waited on
them. After dinner, this priest, distinguished for
his courage, cultured, talented, eloquent, made a
speech, which presents the doings of the church as
seen by Romanists. He praised Rome for what she
is, and for what she has achieved. He spoke of the
proofs of her greatness, seen in her magnificent
cathedrals and churches in all the large cities, the
great monasteries, convents, and asylums, crowning
the hilltops that look down upon many of our large
cities, of the Golden Cross that greets the eye as
the traveller passes through the Golden Gate on the
California Coast ; while in New York, the gateway
of the Western World, Rome, in churches, in schools,
in convents, in monasteries, in protectories, and what
not, leads all other churches in enterprises and in
He claimed that there was more money and more
brain under the control of the church in New York
than in Rome itself, and that now, while the school
system was being shattered and the parochial school
had become a fact, Rome was to get control of the
youth of America, and could hold her own against
all comers. He then spoke with pride of the gift of
WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME. 21
the descendant of the great opponent of Romanism,
the gifted Dr. Breckenridge, whose $300,000 was but
the seedling the germ out of which was to come
an University that would surprise and astound the
world." He sat down, roundly applauded. The
chairman then asked the minister if he would like to
speak. Consenting, he arose, and said: "The
speech of the distinguished priest gladdens you.
Make the most of it, while you have it ; it is but for
a short time." " What do you mean ? Simply this :
There is nothing God Almighty hates as he does
Romanism. In 1870 you proclaimed your Pope an
infallible God. That act proved him to be the man
of sin, the son of perdition, who opposeth and ex-
alteth himself above all that is called God, or that is
worshipped ; so that he as God sitteth in the temple
of God, showing himself that he is God." Thus
was the " wicked revealed, whom the Lord shall con
sume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy
with the brightness of His coming."
6 Is that your idea?" shouted the priest.
" That is the word of God. By it men and nations
are to be judged. You remember that your Pope
had hardly been made the church, when the beast
Louis Napoleon, on which he rode into power, was
destroyed. Then Babylon fell, because of a power
which came down from heaven, and which lightened
the earth with its glory. Because of this, the cry is
going forth as never before : Come out of her, my
people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that
ye receive not of her plagues ! Clouds, dark with the
wrath of God, are gathering in the sky of Rome ;
* for her sins have reached unto heaven, and God
hath remembered her iniquities/
" Gentlemen, you may not know it, but it is true,
that God keeps in his ear the cry and shriek of every
Waldensian thrown over the Alpine cliff and torn by
22 WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME.
the jagged rocks ; every body wrenched in twain by
the rack of the Inquisition ; every woman whose feet
were burned over the brasier of coals ; every martyr
who ascended to heaven in his chariot of fire ; all are
remembered ; and God says : Reward her even as
she rewarded you, and double unto her double ac
cording to her work in the cup which she hath filled,
fill to her double.
"Then, again, gentlemen, there is a prophecy
linked to a fact, to which I have never seen attention
called. You have a perfect passion to place all your
institutions on elevations. You seek to exalt
yourselves in the eye of the people. The Pope
exalteth himself above all that is called God, or is
worshipped ; and you manifest the same spirit in the
location of your public buildings. Our Lord said :
Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased. Every
hilltop crowned with your great structures, pro
claims the abasement of the Roman Catholic Church,
and even now Christ may have said, Because you
have tried to exalt yourselves at the expense of hu
manity and of brotherly kindness, thou shalt be
brought down to hell. i He that hurnbleth himself
shall be exalted. This is the outlook for Rome.
The present condition is not what you paint it. They
tell me, if the mortgages were foreclosed on the prop
erty Rome claims to own in New York City, she
would not have one foot of land, a convent, or a
church. What you own would not pay what you
owe. Rome is to be uncovered, and then she will
be hated. In the battle to be fought, our hope is in
God, and you must look out for great defeats."
With that conversation in mind, there was mean
ing in the results of the day. The priest felt it.
He spoke of his disappointment.
" It is hard to contend against an Almighty must,"
replied the minister; " the hour approaches when
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Rome shall be fought by Romanists. What means
this unrest of the Pope, this feeling that he must
get out of Italy and find a refuge somewhere else ?
Does he not know, does not the world recognize
the fact, that Romanism is nothing without Rome ?
Let the Pope come to the United States and he would
be compelled to walk down Broadway with a stove
pipe hat, as Romanists are compelled to wear citizens
clothes in Mexico. The current of free thought in
America will take care of Romanism. The time is
coming when men will be ashamed of the name in
which they pandered to Rome." A minister of dis
tinction declines to attack the Roman Catholic Church
in Washington, lest offence be given to the represen
tatives of foreign governments, who crowd St. Mat
thew s on the Sabbath, and the places of pleasure dur
ing the week, for Washington is in the lap of Rome.
A Cunarder put out from New England for New
York. It was well equipped ; but in putting up a
stove in the pilot box, a nail was driven too near the
compass. You know how that nail would affect the
compass. The ship s officer, deceived by that dis
tracted compass, put the ship two hundred miles off
her right course, and suddenly the man on the look
out cried: "Land ho! "and the ship was halted
within a few yards of her demolition on Nantucket
shoals. A sixpenny nail did that ; because it was
not known that it was misplaced. It shall be the
fault of those who will not heed a warning if this
Jesuit University shall derange the American com
pass and send the Ship of State upon the rocks
which threaten her.
Shall it be encouraged? It is but a part of a
movement to take control of educational interests in
the United States. There are 6,800 Roman Catholic
churches in the United States, and there are more
than 4,000 parochial schools. A movement has be-
24 WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME.
gun, to take possession of our public school buildings.
Rome withdraws her children from the public school,
leaving the seats unoccupied. Then she rents the
empty building, and fills it with her children, through
the assistance of men elected to do her bidding ; as
is done in Pittsburg, Pa., and Maiden, Mass. As
has been said, Rome sees clearly the peril which
confronts her from secular teaching, and from this
day she will spare "no effort to keep her children
within sound of her own bell and within the limits of
her own instruction. There will be no compromise ;
there is no evasion ; open, determined and persist
ent antagonism to our common-school system is
henceforth the attitude and policy of the Roman
hierarchy. He who hopes to escape this struggle, or
out-manceuvre this foe is already beaten ; he does
not know the antagonist with whom he is fighting.
The universal diffusion of Catholic education
means something more than the opening of schools in
every parish ; it means a steady and unrelenting at
tack on our common schools ; not on that abstract
thing called the common-school system, but on every
school in every locality where the Catholic voting
population has any strength. This result was inevit
able ; Catholics have the same indisposition to pay
taxes which characterizes the great majority of men
of all faiths. They are compelled to support their
own church schools ; they are not disposed to sup
port the common schools in addition ; wherever the
way is open they will, as a matter of course, use their
power to control or cripple the common schools.
The great struggle between our schools and this
vigilant and uncompromising foe will not be fought
out in Congress or in Legislatures, in newspapers or
pulpits ; it will be fought in every school district in
the country. There will be no great and decisive
battle ; there will be a long series of skirmishes.
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Every school meeting will be contested, and on the
result of these minor contests the struggle itself will
turn. Henceforth eternal vigilance will be the price
we shall pay for our common schools ; henceforth, no
man who cares for his community or his country can
afford to shirk a duty which has been more honored
in the breach than in the observance.
In many communities these foes of the common
school will not lack for allies, who will, consciously
or unconsciously, work with and for them ; men who
will fail to see that they are being used as tools by a
power which has never yet failed of the highest sa
gacity in using those who are too shortsighted or too
selfish to comprehend the real issues involved. The
only reply which must be made to the establishment
of the parochial school must be the increased efficien
cy of the common schools.
The actual Ruler of this nation lives not in the
White House at Washington, but in the palace of
Baltimore. No important editorial affecting the
Romish Church is printed until it has been submitted
to the Cardinal for his criticism, We wonder at the
power exercised. No member of Congress enters
Washington but he is weighed in the Romish bal
ances. If he comes down with the shekels for the
church and with votes for her policy, all is well. If
not, there is a reckoning-time sure to come, and an
influence is exerted at once that touches the springs
of power in his far away home. As a political ma
chine, Rome is a transcendent success : and the
Jesuit was more than half right when he said, " The
representative of the Pope in the Vatican is the Ruler
of the United States of America."
ROMANISM A DECEPTION AND A FRAUD.
Romanism, as a religion, is a deception and a
fraud. Jesuitism is the power that propels and con
trols it. These two facts, made plain to the people,
will destroy the reverence felt for Romanism as a
part of the religious world, and will take away the
sentiment that it has a right to live and act in accord
ance with its genius and spirit. Then they will be
prepared to weigh the proofs which show it to be an
enemy, attempting to subvert the foundations of Re
publican liberty, destroy quietly the public school
system, and make the United States of America a
Romish Reservation. The claim is, that the Roman
Catholic Church is the mother of all churches, that
she is the only true church ; and, being such, is the
Catholic, or Universal Christian Church. That, by
Divine appointment, the Apostle Peter was the head
and foundation of the church, its Pope and Christ s
vicar, or visible representative, on the earth. That
he, Peter, lived in Rome for the last twenty-five
years of his life, during which time, as the posses
sor of the "keys" committed to him by the Saviour,
he bound or loosed, opened or shut, in heaven,
earth, hell, and purgatory, as seemed right in his
sight. That each Pope since then is the true suc
cessor of St. Peter, invested with equal authority
and power ; and that to be subject to him and in full
and hearty connection with the church he person
ally, or through the authority he delegates to others,
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rules, is necessary in the highest degree to salvation.
Opposed to this claim, are a few facts :
1. Rome s pretension to being the mother-church is
a deception, because it never ivas in existence until
A. D. 606. The Acts of the Apostles, as well as
all ecclesiastical history, teaches, that the church in
Jerusalem, in its origin, in its constitution, takes
first rank. John addressed "the seven churches
which are in Asia." These churches are each are
represented by a golden candlestick, or lamp,
separate and distinct one from the other, and not
as one lamp ; which would have been the case had
there existed any just ground for the claim of Rome.
2. For the supremacy of Peter there is no Scrip
tural warrant. Peter was in no way the leader of
the church. The power and authority conveyed by
the appointment of the Apostles was conferred upon
all of them. They were all chosen the same way,
equally empowered to preach and baptize, all equally
entrusted with the power of binding and loosing, all
invested with the same mission and equally furnished
with the same gifts of the Holy Ghost. Rome con
tends, not only for a primacy of order, but of power.
Fortunately for his own reputation, Peter never did
this. When the Mother of Zebedee s children wished
it, Christ said, "The Kings of the Gentiles exercise
lordship over them, and they that are great exercise
authority upon them. But ye shall not be so ; but
whosoever will be great among you, let him be your
servant." Nothing would have so injured Peter
with Christ and his brethren, and degraded and dis
graced him, as to have done what Rome claims he
did do, viz. : claim a pre-eminence among the
Peter s name is not always mentioned first. James,
Paul, and Apollos are placed before his, very fre
quently. Was any one prominent for being dear to
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Christ? John bore the name of "the beloved dis
ciple." Peter called himself a " fellow-laborer," and
expressly forbids the governors of the church to lord
it over God s heritage, and bears the rebuke of Paul,
because he was to be blamed ; without a thought of
asserting his superiority or authority. Rome claims
that in the words, "Thou art Peter, and upon this
rock I will build my church ; and the gates of hell
shall not prevail against it," our Lord declared
Peter s contemplated supremacy. It has sometimes
seemed strange that Rome should utterly ignore the
other address made to Peter in the same chapter,
when Peter assumed supremacy, and Christ said to
him: "Get thee behind me, Satan ; thou art an of
fense unto me ; for thou savourest not the things
that be of God, but those that be of men." Matt. 16 :
23. These words apply to Peter, and apply to those
who have tried to exalt him above his brethren. The
former do not apply to him as being the one upon
whom Christ should build his church ; for Christ refer
red to the faith which saw in Him the Son of God.
This view was held by Jerome, Chrysostom, Origen,
Cyril, Hilary, Augustine, and many more ; and Paul,
in 1 Cor. 3 : 11, points to Christ, in the words : "For
other foundation can no man lay than that is laid,
which is Christ Jesus." Eph. 2 : 20 : "And are built
upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone."
Then, as to the power of binding or loosing, the posi
tion of Rome is confuted by the uniform action of
all the apostles on such matters. They declared
the conditions of salvation to be repentance towards
God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and they
would receive the remission of their sins. This pre
cludes the idea that the Romish priesthood have
power to absolve from sin.
3. Romanism is a deception, because it rests its
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claim upon the false supposition that Peter lived
in Rome. The Scriptures declare that Peter went
East, rather than West ; lived and wrought in Asia
Minor ; preached to the churches in ancient Babylon,
from which place he wrote his epistle. Romanists
want it written at Rome, and insist that Peter went to
Rome in A.D. 42 ; that he was crucified head-down
wards in A.D. 67 ; that he suffered imprisonment in
the Marmentine prison, over which towers St.
Peter s ; that he was buried in the Vatican, where
the Pope now lives ; while there is not a scintilla of
evidence to support the pretension that Peter ever
was in Rome. Tradition takes the place of history,
and clings to the deception as if it had a basis of
even possible fact.
According to the Bible, Peter preached in Jerusa
lem, and instead of giving orders to the other apos
tles, as the head of the church, he was sent as a
simple missionary to preach with John in Samaria.
Acts 8 : 14. He proclaimed the Gospel in Cesarea,
in Antioch, and Babylon, but did not come into the
When Paul in A.D. 60 wrote his epistle to the
Romans he saluted many, but he did not salute
Peter, a sufficient proof that he was not in Rome.
In 61 Paul arrived in Rome and the brethren went
out to meet him. on the Appian way, Acts 28 : 15,
but Peter was not among them. From the year 61
to 63 Paul wrote from Rome his epistles to the Phil-
ippians, Colossians, and to Timothy. In these let
ters he speaks of many persons, even unknown ones,
and no mention is made of Peter.
In his second Epistle, 2 Tim. 4 : 6, he says : "At
my first answer no one stood with me, but all men
forsook me." If Peter had been in Rome and free,
would he have abandoned Paul? If in prison, would
not Paul have referred to him ? All this proves that
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he was not in Rome. The Apostle of the Circum
cision never was in Rome. He lived and died in the
East. So speaks history. Romanism becomes a
fraud when it thus unblushingly lifts a lie into the
place of the truth, and demands of those who belong
to it unflinching submission and unswerving obedi
ence, from beginning to end.
4. Romanism is a deception, because it predicates
salvation, not through the atoning blood of Christ,
but upon saying : " I believe that there is here upon
earth an organized body that is more than human,
because it has a divine commission, and that organ
ized body can teach me the truth, and that in so re
ceiving it I cannot possibly be led into error. I be
lieve that this organism is none other than the Cath
olic church, directed by the Pope, as the successor of
St. Peter, and the moment a man says that, he is a
Catholic." The essence of Romanism is summed up
in this : "Subjection of the intellect to divine author-
ity in matters connected with religion."
Notice, it does not refer to a belief in Jesus Christ,
as "the way, the truth, and the life " ; nor to receiv
ing him into the heart, that power may be obtained
to become a child of God. It makes the church au
thority the author of life and hope. The millions of
Romanists are ruled by a Pope, claimed to be infal
lible, exalted above all that is called God, and wor
shipped as was the Druid of our ancestors, or the
Pontifex Maximus of ancient Rome, and claiming to
stand at the top of the system. All the persons in
the Godhead, Popery denies. It denies God the
Father, by installing the Pope as the Divine vice
gerent, by whose authority the Second Command
ment, forbidding the worship of images, is trampled
upon ; and installs the Pope as Divine vicegerent of
the world and the infallible ruler of the conscience.
It presents him high and lifted up, clothed with
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power to annul laws, abrogate treaties, plant and
pluck up nations, and do away with the precepts of
the moral law. Popery writes on the Papal chair :
"This is the seat of God, the throne of the Infallible
and Holy One ; he who sits here can pardon or re
tain men s sins, save or destroy souls."
Popery ignores Jesus Christ the Saviour, and wor
ships Mary instead. It robs Christ of his priestly
office, by offering the Mass the priests sacrifice,
not Christ, to save the sinner. It destroys the
prophetical office, by presenting itself as the infal
lible teacher of the word of God and the only author
ized expositor of the true sense of Scripture. It
robs Christ of his kingly office, by exalting the Pope
to his seat of absolute power and head of the church.
In his vesture and on his thigh the Pope has written :
" I am King of kings and Lord of lords."
For the Holy Spirit, popery substitutes the sac
raments, through which divine blessings are com
municated to the soul. It is this impious suggestion
which crowds the church with votaries at the various
masses, for the deluded believe there is no help for
them apart from the priesthood, the only channel
of communication between God and man. It is be
cause of this murderers, no matter how heinous their
crime, find it not difficult to espouse Romanism and
put the eternal interests of their souls into the keep
ing of this error. " They believe a lie that they
may be damned." Here then is what professes to
be a complete church, and yet is an out-and-out
counterfeit. Every element of strength and every
principle of evil that were found in the ancient idol
atries, live over again in the papacy. That same
paganism whose cradle was rocked in Chaldea,
whose youth was passed amid the olive groves and
matchless temples of Greece, and whose manhood
was reached amid the martial sounds and iron organ-
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izations of Rome, has returned anew in this papacy,
bringing with it the old rites, the old festivals, the
flowers, the incensings, the lustral water, the vest
ments, the very gods but with new names ; every
thing, in short, so that were an old pagan to rise
from the dead, he would find himself among his old
environments ; and, without a moment s doubt, would
conclude that Zeus, the ancient Jove, the father of
Clio, whose mother is Mercury, answering to Christ
and Mary, was still reigning, and was being wor
shipped by the same rites that were practised in his
honor three thousand years ago.
5. Romanism is a fraud, because it substitutes a
Pantheon of idols for the Christian church, extin
guishing the light of revelation, and placing the
world back amid the ideas, the deities, and the rites
of early idolatrous ages. It rejects the New Birth
and change of heart, and inducts the child into the
church in a state of unconsciousness, and holds him
there by education, by training, and by fear. The
church assumes control of the individual conscience.
It claims to hold the keys of heaven and hell. A
Romanist is afraid of the truth even of God s word,
and millions dare not read or take into their hands
the Bible, lest it may sever their hold upon the
church, and so whelm the soul in perdition.
The import of such teaching is to place in the
hands of conscienceless men the consciences of mil
lions of men. It is the marvel of the age, that at a
period when men boast of their aspirations after
progress, such numbers should thus fall as dupes
into the slough of the most hopeless stagnation, into
a total resignation of the freedom of their wills, of
the independent action of their souls, into the amplest
acceptance of dogmas, creeds and fables which it is
a disgrace even to the darkest ages to have been
capable of embracing. None of these things which
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Rome offers has the slightest atom of the simple but
sublime religion of Jesus Christ, who sat upon the
mountain-side and taught the noblest truths in the
simplest language. They are the old tawdry para
phernalia of worn-out Paganism, refurbished and re-
introduced by the most impudent priestcraft that ever
palmed itself upon the world.
This it is that men are calling a part of the Reli
gious World. Romanism is Antichrist, pure and
simple. Daniel, Paul, and John have described it
with the pen of inspiration, and painted it with liv
ing colors, and the pictures they made of it hang on
the walls of the future, so that every eye can trace
its origin, its terrible and damning work, and its
awful doom. Daniel tells of "the little horn," be
fore which three of the ten horns fell ; which signi
fy the ten states under control of imperial Rome.
These three horns represented the Exarchate of Ra
venna, given the Pope Stephen I. by Pepin, King
of France, in A.D. 755. The second was the King
dom of the Lombards, subdued by Charlemagne of
France, and made over to the Pope in A.D. 774.
And the third was the State of Rome itself, which
was given the Pope by Louis the Pious.
It was upon the acquisition of these states that the
Pope became a temporal ruler. It is said, the little
horn " had eyes like the eyes of a man," " and a
mouth speaking great things," " great things
against the Most High." Assuming Divine titles,
such as "His Holiness"; "Head of the Church";
"Christ s Vicar upon Earth" ; "Infallibility," etc.,
etc. But more than this assuming to dispose of
rewards in heaven and hell, as well as on the earth ;
changing laws of principles and conduct, and condi
tions of education ; a power to depose rulers, give
away states or kingdoms, release subjects from their
oaths of allegiance ; each of which acts, and all
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together, being an invasion of God s prerogatives, as
the king, ruler, saviour, judge of all men, and, there
fore, such was speaking " things against the Most
High." His " look was more stout than his fellows,"
causing him to claim supreme control over the
church, the state, and the world; compelling his
people cardinals, bishops, priests, or whomsoever
they were, to kiss his feet ; and princes, at one time,
to hold his stirrup while he mounted his horse ; and,
in some instances, to lay themselves down that he
might put his foot upon their necks. Asserting as
Pope Paul and Pius did to Henry of France and
Elizabeth of England, that as Pope they had a sover
eignty above kings and people, and that, by divine
appointment, was over nations and over kingdoms, to
root out and to cut down, and to destroy and to throw
down, to build and to plant. Further, it is added :
" He made war with the saints."
So Paul, in 2 Thess. 2, follows up Daniel and
John in Revelation 13 ; uncovers the beast like unto
a leopard, and his feet as the feet of a bear, and his
mouth as the mouth of a lion, and the dragon gave
him his power and his seat and great authority.
Then go on to Rev. 17, and the battle with Rome
is described: " The Lamb shall overcome them;
for he is Lord of lords and King of kings ; and they
that are with him are called, and chosen, and faith
ful" This is Romanism that is now being destroyed.
The Pope has no longer temporal power. Let God s
children all over the world tell the truth, and her
and his so-called spiritual power shall be destroyed,
consumed by the spirit of the mouth of our Lord,
and by the brightness of his coming, as Christ shall
shine in the effulgence of proclaimed truth. Is not
this papalism, when it would figure as the religion
of Jesus Christ, a fraud? If so, say so; and the
work of redemption will be accomplished. Let the
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cry arise : " Come out of her, my people, that ye be
not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of
For those who come out of Rome, there is free
dom in Jesus Christ ; for those who remain in, there
are perils such as have not yet been visited upon
any race or class : " For her sins have reached unto
heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities."
JESUITISM THAT RUNS THE CHURCH OF ROME.
To write the history of Jesuitism is to give in de
tail the record of sanctified scoundrelism, as with the
face of a saint and the heart of a devil it has lived
and wrought in this world, to do its worst against
Christianity, brotherly love, manhood and rightness.
This is an awful charge. But it is also an awful
failure of language when the attempt is made to tell
the truth concerning this monster of iniquity. Jesuit
ism proves that, in human debasement, incarnate
fiendishness and devilish capacity for being bad, man
in the nineteenth century is equal to any horrid char
acter that may have figured on the historic page.
THE ORIGIN OF THE JESUITS.
A cannon-shot hit the leg of a scoundrel instead
of his head, as in Spain he stood before Pampileuno s
walls. For religion, catholicity and man, that was
the unluckiest cannon-shot recorded in history ; for
when the tibia of the wounded patient knitted they
marvelously supported the body of a man who with
the heart of a devil has been permitted to masquer
ade in the robes of a saint. Those familiar with jail
philosophy can well appreciate the impulse which
drives the criminal, convicted of thieving or burg
lary, or murder, and on the verge of the tomb, to
indulge in fancies of huger thieving, or a crueler and
more infamous murder, and to long for life or un
shackled arms that he might become pre-eminently
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notorious by its enactment. Now such a thought
came over the brain of Ignatius Loyola, the founder
of the Order, profanely called, of Jesus, and he re
covered and was successful. The Jesuit University is
built in Washington as Conspiracy Hall, in hopes
that liberty may be throttled in its stronghold. Loy
ola took the name of Jesuits for his Order, because
of pretended visions of God, the Father, who is
claimed to have appeared visibly to him, and de
sired His Son, Jesus Christ, who stood by laden
with a heavy cross, to take special care of him and
his companions, which Christ promised to do. They
are dangerous, because they declare no villainy, no
treachery, nor cruelty to be criminal, provided it
tends to the benefit of their Society.
In 1762, the King and Parliament of France were
moved against the Order, and to be satisfied as to
the grounds of complaint against it, they appointed
a commission, consisting of five princes of the blood,
four peers of France, seven presidents of the court,
thirteen counsellors of the grand chamber, and four
teen other functionaries. This commission examined
one hundred and forty-seven Jesuit authors of celeb
rity, and in their report they say: "This perver
sity of the doctrine maintained constantly, and with
out interruption, by the priests, scholars, and others
styling themselves of the Society of Jesus, would
destroy the natural law, that rule of life which
God himself has written in the heart of man ; and, as
a natural result, would break all the bonds of civil
society, authorize theft, perjury, impurity, the most
criminal, and, generally, every passion and every
crime, by teaching secret compensation, equivoca
tion, mental reservation ; would uproot every feeling
of humanity among men, by favoring homicide and
parricide ; in fact, would overturn the principles and
practices of religion, and substitute in its stead all
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kinds of superstition, by favor ing magic, blasphemy,
irreligion, and idolatry.* Clement XIV., in his bull
suppressing the Order, declares that it has been cen
sured by Popes Urban XII., Clement X., XI., XII.,
Alexander VII., VIII., Innocent IX., XII., XIII.,
and Benedict XII., and then proceeds by saying:
" After a mature deliberation, we do, of our certain
knowledge and the fulness of our apostolic power,
suppress and abolish the said Society. We deprive
it of all activity whatever of its houses, schools,
colleges, hospitals, lands, and, in short, of every
place whatsoever, in whatever kingdom or province
they may be situated. We abrogate and annul its
statutes, rules, customs, decrees, and constitutions,
even though confirmed by oath, and approved by
the Holy See, or otherwise. We declare all and
all kind of authority, the general, the provincial, the
visitors, and other superiors of said Society, to be
forever annulled and extinguished, of whatever
nature soever the authority may be ; as well in
things spiritual and temporal."
Be it remembered, that -up to A.D. 1860, this
Order of persons had been expelled no less than sev
enty times from countries in which they had been
living and applying their principles, and that these
were almost all Roman Catholic countries ; and yet
they have a most popular church in Washington, a
college in Georgetown, and now are building the
University, with the countenance of the representa
tives of the Great Republic, in less than a quarter
of a century after their assassination of Abraham
Let us learn how they train men for infamous
Behold them consecrating the dagger of the as
sassin for, perhaps, some man now under the ban.
* Letters of Marcus, pp. 106.
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The following is the Jesuit s manner of consecrating
both the persons and weapons employed for the
murdering of kings and princes by them accounted
The person whose silly reasons the Jesuits have
overcome with their more potent arguments is im
mediately conducted into their sanctum sanctorum,
designed for prayer and meditation. There the dag
ger is produced, carefully wrapt up in a linen safe
guard, enclosed in an iron sheath, engraven with sev
eral enigmatical characters, and accompanied with an
Agnus Dei; certainly, a most monstrous confutation
so unadvisedly to intertwine the height of murder
ous villainy and the most sacred emblem of meek
ness together. The dagger, unsheathed, is hypocriti
cally bedewed with holy water, and the handle,
adorned with a certain number of coral beads, put
into his hand, thereby assuring the credulous fool
that as many effectual stabs as he gives the assas
sinated prince, so many souls he should redeem out
of purgatory on his own account. Then they
deliver the dagger into the homicide s hands, with
a solemn recommendation, in these words :
4 Elected son of God, receive the sword of Jeph-
thah; the sword of Samson, which was the jawbone
of an ass; the sword of David, wherewith he smote
off the head of Goliath ; the sword of Gideon ; the
sword of Judith ; the sword of the Maccabees ; the
sword of Pope Julius II., wherewith he cut off the
lives of several princes, his enemies, filling whole
cities with slaughter and blood. Go forth pru
dently, courageously, and the Lord strengthen thine
Which being pronounced, they all fall upon their
knees, and the Superior of the Jesuits pronounces
the following exorcism :
" Attend, O ye Cherubim ; descend and be pres-
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ent, O Seraphim. You thrones, you powers, you
holy angels, come down and fill this blessed vessel
the parricide with eternal glory ; and daily offer to
him (for it is but a small reward) the crown of the
blessed Virgin Mary, and of all the holy patriarchs
and martyrs. He is no more concerned among us ;
he is now of your celestial fraternity. And thou, O
God, most terrible and inaccessible, who yet has
revealed to this instrument of thine, in thy dedicated
place of our prayer and meditation, that such a prince
is to be cut off as a tyrant and a heretic, and his do
minions to be translated to another line, confirm and
strengthen, we beseech thee, this instrument of thine,
whom we have consecrated and dedicated to that
sacred office, that he may be able to accomplish thy
will. Grant him the habergeon of thy divine omni-
potency, that he may be enabled to escape the hands
of his pursuers. Give him wings, that he may avoid
the designs of all that lie in wait for his destruction.
Infuse into his soul the beams of thy consolation, to
uphold and sustain the weak palace of his body ; that,
contemning all fears, he may be able to show a cheer
ful and lively countenance in the midst of present
torments or prolonged imprisonments ; and that he
may sing and rejoice with a more than ordinary
exultation, whatever death he undergoes."
This exorcism being finished, the parricide is
brought to the altar, over which, at that time, hangs
a picture containing the story of James Clement, a
Dominican friar, with the figures of several angels
protecting him and conducting him to heaven. This
Clement was accounted a blessed martyr for his bar
barous murder of Henry III., King of France. This
picture the Jesuits show their cully ; and, at the same
time, presenting him with a celestial coronet, rehearse
these words : " Lord, look down and behold this arm
of thine, the executioner of thy justice ; let all thy
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saints arise, and give place to him ; " which ceremo
nies being ended, there are five Jesuits deputed
to converse with him, and keep the parricide com
pany ; who, in their common discourse, make it their
business, upon all occasions, to fill his ears with
their divine wheedles ; making him believe that a
certain celestial splendor shines in his countenance,
by the beams whereof they are so overawed as to
throw themselves down before him and kiss his feet ;
that he appears no more a mortal, but is transfigured
into a Deity ; and, lastly, in a deep dissimulation,
they bewail themselves, and feign a kind of envy at
the happiness and eternal glory which he is so sud
denly to enjoy ; exclaiming thus before the credu
lous wretch : " Would to God the Lord had chosen
me in thy stead, and had so ordained it by these
means, that being free from the pains of purgatory,
I might go directly, without let, to paradise." But
if the persons whom they imagined proper to attempt
the parricide prove anything squeamish or reluc
tant to their exhortations, then, by nocturnal scare
crows and affrighting apparitions, or by the suborned
appearances of the Holy Virgin, or some other of the
saints, even of Ignatius Loyola himself, or some of
his most celebrated associates, they terrify the soon-
retrieved misbeliever into a compliance with a ready-
prepared oath, which they force him to take, and
thereby they animate and encourage his staggering
resolution. Thus these villainous and impious doc
tors in the arts of murder and parricide, sometimes by
the terrors of punishment, sometimes by the allure
ments of merit, inflame the courage of the unwary,
and, having entangled them in the grooves of sacri
legious and bloody attempts, precipitate both soul
and body into eternal damnation.
This is the method by which Jesuits clear themselves
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from their enemies. How happy, then, must that
nation be, where Loyalists flourish !
Add to this the Jesuit s oath, and the peril seems
increased : t I do renounce and disown any allegiance
as due to any heretical king, prince or state named
Protestant, or obedience to any of their inferior
magistrates or officers.
"I do further declare that the doctrine of the
Church of England, the Calvinists, Huguenots, and
of others of the name of Protestants, to be damnable ;
and they themselves are damned and to be damned
that will not forsake the same.
" I do further declare, that I will help, assist, and
advise all or any of His Holiness agents, in any
place wherever I shall be, to extirpate the heretical
Protestant doctrine ; and to destroy all their pre
tended powers, regal or otherwise.
"I do further promise and declare, that notwith
standing I am dispensed with to assume any religion
heretical, for the purpose of propagating of the
Mother Church s interest, to keep secret and private
all her agents councils, from time to time as they
intrust me, and not to divulge, directly or indirectly,
by words, writing, or circumstance whatsoever, but
to execute all that shall be proposed, given in charge
or discovered unto me, by you, my ghostly adviser,
or auy of this sacred convent. All this I swear, by
the blessed Trinity and blessed Sacrament, which I
am about to receive, to perform, and on my part to
keep inviolably ; and do call all the heavenly and
glorious host of heaven to witness these my real
intentions, to keep this my oath.
" In testimony whereof, I take this most holy and
blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, and witness the
same further with my hand and seal, in the holy
convent, this day of A.D.," etc.
This oath evidences that every Jesuit is a traitor
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to the play, ready at any moment to perform any act
that will further the interests of his order. It permits
him to be a hypocrite, and to profess religion simply
to plot against it and overthrow it. Jesuitism makes
religion a pretense and a sham and plotting and ras
cality a business, and yet it runs the Church of
Rome, and is treated by one of the great political
parties as an ally worthy of confidence and support.
Why were the Jesuits reinstated by Pio Nono, and
confirmed in their position by Leo XIII? To answer
this-question, we must go back to 1868. Then, to
take away the States of the Church from the rule of
the Pope, was to bring universal crash to every
European empire. Fortunately, Emperor William
had no faith in such prognostications. Within the
Church of Rome was a conflict as to the propriety of
pronouncing the Pope infallible. Discussion went
on throughout the Roman Catholic world. The
prophecy of Paul, in 2 Thess. 2 : 3,4, was to be
fulfilled ; "the man of sin, the son of perdition," was
to " exalt himself above all that is called God or that
is worshipped ; so that he as God sitteth in the
temple of God, showing himself that he is God."
This was fulfilled in A. D. 1870. Two hundred
thousand people have borne Pio Nono to his throne
in St. Peter s and worshipped him as God. He is
absolute in power. French bayonets uphold his tem
poral power. It looks as if the Pope was supreme.
Open again the Word of God to Rev. 17 : 11, and
read the doom of Louis Napoleon, " the beast that
was," is Napoleon I ; "and is not," for there was a
time when the Napoleonic power was out of sight
and out of mind. After which, Louis Napoleon
climbed to power, betrayed Mazzini, and Garibaldi
in Italy, became the beast upon which the Harlot of
the Tiber rode ; " and is the eighth and is of the seven,"
for it will be remembered, he built on the Napoleonic
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dynasty, and went to perdition. This is prophecy.
Read a page from history. The Minister of France
walks in the palace-yard of Emperor William and
makes a remark which gives offence. Napoleon had
boasted of his prowess, and thought a war only was
necessary to make him Master of Prussia, as was his
uncle before him. Emperor William resented the
affront and rebuked the speaker. As a result, war
was declared ; and the German army, as if on a picnic-
excursion, overran France, encamped at Versailles,
and took possession of Paris, and Louis Napoleon as
an exile disappeared from the affairs of Europe. The
army of France was withdrawn. The army of Victor
Emmanuel was invited by the people of the States of
the Church to enter Eome as King of Italy. He
came. The Pope retired to the Vatican as the spir
itual sovereign of Roman Catholics, but as temporal
ruler no more.
It was to the Pope a humiliation, and, perhaps,
prepares the way for his destruction. Without
an army, without support, he turned to the only
power in the world in which he could trust to do
the work of conspirators, assassins, and revolution
ists, the Jesuits. He reinstated them. They be
came the right arm of his strength, and have been
seeking his restoration to temporal power. Every
one who knows what their principles and history
are, will feel satisfied that, like the Indian boomer
ang, they are much more likely to injure the hand
that uses them than those whom they are employed
to oppose. The condition of the Pope is pitiable.
He lives, as it were, on sufferance ; no longer the
mighty and powerful ruler of the past, but influen
tial simply because of his power outside of Eome,
not inside. The Bible has entered Rome, the Word
of God is not bound.
We have been accustomed to bless God for that
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fatherly care of Divine Providence, which neither
allowed the era of American colonization to be
hastened, nor that of the Reformation to be deferred.
Had these events been differently arranged, it has
been said had Spanish blood, and not English, flowed
in the veins of our first settlers, or had the May
flower borne to our shores the foundations of a
Catholic colony, and had Roger Williams been a
Jesuit missionary or had the schemes of French
conquest, that would have made Canada but the
starting point of North American empire, been suc
cessful, how different had been the annals of the
country, and the entire race ! All that reads well.
But when we remember that Providence, R. I., is
almost a Roman Catholic town that a bishop was
recently installed there in the presence of all the
magnates of the state, and that Washington is in
the lap of Rome, it becomes us not to boast of
deliverance, but to recall our peril and prepare to
resist the encroachments of liberty s foe. Remem
ber, that the Jesuits ruling Washington may dispense
with all laws, human and divine, dissolve all oaths
and vows, and free men in the Cabinet of the Presi
dent from the obligations which bind other men.
So soon as a city or country is under their control,
no member of the community can promise to himself
security, either to his life, honor, or estate. Nay,
the person of the President is not exempted from
danger, when he is once the object of Jesuitical
Shall Jesuits be welcomed or expelled? is the ques
tion which is yet to agitate the people of the United
States. Up to the present time, so great has been
the love of liberty in the hearts of the people, that
they have tolerated with impunity anarchists, revo
lutionists, and Jesuits. The idea of suppression for
opinion s sake has been repugnant to the sentiment
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of the majority. But a reaction is setting in. The
people begin to see that it is cowardice to throw up
the hands at the dicta of this blood-stained crowd,
and permit them to scuttle the ship on which we are
making a common voyage. Self-preservation, if
nothing else, will compel the people of the United
States to take the most stringent measures against
the evil of the time, and to give even clearer scrutiny
to the methods and principles and conduct of the
Jesuits. They work in darkness, and they oppose
the truth. Seven millions of people in free America,
and 250,000,000 throughout the world, are ruled by
their mandate. The Pope has enthroned them in power
and reinstated them in all their former possessions.
With the people over whom they have control,
argument goes for nothing. The needs of the
country are cast aside as unworthy of regard. The
requirements of the church is their all and in all.
Oaths are valueless, if to keep them imperils the
Order, or the church. Their history is a continued
series of associations, massacres of innocent people,
conspiracies and machinations against existing laws
and orders. The masses they have incited to revolt,
and the rulers to bloody and fruitless wars. Cor
ruption they sow broadcast over the land in order to
further their doctrines of treason, perjury, falsehood,
and murder. Brazen as they are, they use their
power of religion as a cloak to hide their sins against
God, and their sins against man. To-day their one
object of detestation is the public school system of
the United States. They see that the education of
the masses is their ruination. In the South there
are millions of freedmen growing up in ignorance,
owing to the inability of the several States to educate
them. Well has the Hon. Henry W. Blair, in the
Senate, called attention to the duty of the nation to
educate the rising generation. "It is of very little
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consequence," said the Senator, " relatively, what
becomes of the present generation. What we are, we
are, and are likely to be ; but it is of great importance
what shall be the fate of the future, which depends so
largely upon the conduct of the present. The real
question is, whether this generation, with natural
powers for the control of the destiny of the country
for the time being, is to make that provision for the
generation to come which has been made for the
generation existing by those who have preceded it ;
whether this generation, so far as it has the capacity
to do so, is to make better preparation for the dis
charge of its duties on the part of the coming gener
ation, so far as it should be made, than was made by
those who preceded us." If the Christian and intelli
gent people of the United States are not awake to
the importance of this measure, the Jesuits are.
They saw from the first that Romanism is doomed,
if the people of this land are to be educated. Jesuit
ism understands that a great fight is already out
lining itself for the future between the common
schools of the United States and Romanism. Jesuit
ism is not afraid. She fights education openly and
secretly. Said Senator Blair: "Upon this very
floor, soon after we had passed this bill, full two years
ago, and while it was in the hands of a packed com
mittee in the House of Representatives, where it was
finally strangled, on this very floor, a senator
showed me a letter which I read with my own
eyes, the original letter of a Jesuit priest, in
which he begged a member of Congress to
oppose this bill and to kill it, saying, that
they had organized all over the country "for its
destruction ; that they succeeded in the committees of
the House, and they would destroy the bill inevi
tably ; and if they had only known it early enough,
they could have prevented its passing through the
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Senate. They have begun in season this time ; but
they will not destroy this bill.
* Twelve years ago, when I was a member of the
House of Representatives, and when we were under
taking to enact a constitutional amendment which
was to prevent the appropriation of public money to
the support of sectarian schools in this country, a
friend of mine pointed out to me upon that
floor nine Jesuits, who were there log-rolling
against that proposed amendment of the Constitu
tion. There in Washington is that Jesuit organiza
tion which has set out to control this country, which
has been repudiated by every free country, Catholic
and Protestant, in the Old World : they have come
to our borders ; they are among us today, and to stay ;
and they understand that they are to secure the con
trol of this continent, by destroying the public school
system of America. They are engaged in that
nefarious, wicked work. And as Jesuits have been
expelled from the Old World, let me say, the time
is soon coming when the Jesuits will be looked upon
as more the enemy of this country than is the
Anarchist to-day. And the process either of their
expulsion, or of their conversion, will be the one in
which the American people will sometime be
engaged, unless the Order change their programme
and their work."
Brave words were these of Senator Blair, the
bravest spoken for many a day ! The Senate passed
the Bill. When it went to the House, the Jesuits
again showed their hand. The Presidential election
being near, made men careful. The usual Jesuit
lobby was present, and the bill was referred to a
committee appointed by the Jesuits servant, the
Speaker of the House, where it will lie until the
citizens awake to their peril, and send men to Con
gress less susceptible to Jesuitical influence. The
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speech was delivered Feb. 15th, 1888. On May
25th, 1888, Mr. Blair introduced the following joint
resolution ; which was read twice, and ordered to lie
on the table :
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION
or THE UNITED STATES, RESPECTING ESTAB
LISHMENTS OF RELIGION AND FREE PUBLIC
" Resolved by the /Senate and House of Represen
tatives of the United /States of America in Congress
assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring
therein) , That, the following amendment to the Con
stitution of the United States be, and hereby is, pro
posed to the States, to become valid when ratified by
the legislatures of three-fourths of the States, as pro
vided in the Constitution :
" SECTION 1. Xo State shall ever make or main
tain any law respecting an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
" SEC. 2. Each State in this Union shall establish
and maintain a system of free public schools,
adequate for the education of all the children living
therein, between the ages of six and sixteen years,
inclusive, in the common branches of knowledge, and
in virtue, morality, and the principles of the Christian
religion. But no money raised by taxation imposed
by law, or any money or other property or credit
belonging to any municipal organization, or to any
State, or to the United States, shall ever be appro
priated, applied, or given to the use or purposes of
any school, institution, corporation, or person,
whereby instruction or training shall be given in
the doctrines, tenets, beliefs, ceremonials, or obser-
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vances peculiar to any sect, denomination, organiza
tion, or society, being, or claiming to be, religious
in its character, nor shall such peculiar doctrines,
tenets, beliefs, ceremonials, or observances, be taught
or inculcated, in the free public schools.
" SEC. 3. To the end that each State, the United
States, and all the people thereof, may have and
preserve governments republican in form and in sub
stance, the United States shall guaranty to every
State, and to the people of every State and of the
United States, the support and maintenance of such
a system of free public schools as is herein provided.
" SEC. 4. That Congress shall enforce this article
by legislation when necessary."
Another plot. The Jesuits have formed a coloni
zation scheme, with a capital of $2,000,000, to aid
Romanists in getting control of the South.
All the Southern States were represented except
Florida, Texas and Arkansas, and most, if not all
the great Southern railroad corporations were like
wise represented by their Presidents or other officers.
The following is taken from the Atlanta Evening
Journal of April 26th, being part of the report of
that paper :
66 Gov. Fitzhugh Lee, of Virginia, was selected
as President. Committees on business and resolu
tions were appointed by the delegations from the
respective States. Col. W. P. Price was made the
chairman of the Georgia delegation, and Mr. Sandy
Cohen, of Augusta, selected as secretary. Governor
J. B. Gordon, Bishop Becker, Patrick Walsh, and
E. P. Howell, were chosen as the Committee for
Georgia. Interesting addresses were made by
Cardinal Gibbons, Rt. Rev. Bishop Kane of West
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Virginia, Rt. Rev. Bishop Northup of South Caro
lina, and Governors Gordon of Georgia and Richard
son of South Carolina. The speech of Gov. Gordon
is especially highly commended.
"At the night session, the Immigration Committee
adopted the following resolutions :
"Resolved, That an Immigration Society be
established, with headquarters in the city of New
York, to be styled The Southern Immigration Asso
"Resolved, That this Association be placed under
the care of a board of directors, composed of one
member of each Southern railroad or other corpora
tion, trade, industrial or other organization in each
state, county, city or town, situated east of the
Mississippi river, that will contribute the sum of
$1,000 towards the expenses of said Association on
or before July 1st next, and that on the second
Tuesday of July, 1888, the board so constituted
shall meet in New York, and proceed to organize, and
adopt such by-laws, rules and regulations as may be
necessary for its government.
"Resolved, That until such organization is per
fected, Major John D. Kelly, Jr., be constituted
chief of the Association, with power to call the
board together whenever said contributions from
railroads or other corporations, trades, industrial
or other organizations of states, cities, counties and
towns, shall have reached the aggregate sum of
$20,000 ; and when such call has been made, the
board of directors shall proceed immediately to
perfect a permanent organization, as provided for in
the second resolution.
* Resolved, That immediately upon adoption of
these resolutions, the Secretary of the convention
shall give notice of the same to the Governor of each
of the Southern States, to the President of each of
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the Southern railroads, and to the Mayor of every
city, and to every town in the Southern States east
of the Mississippi River, having a population of
5,000 or more, and to solicit the co-operation of said
officers in furthering the objects of this convention."
The central office of this association is located at
Concerning this convention, it is meet that all
should be informed. It met April 25, 1888, at
Hot Springs, North Carolina. There were present
the cardinal, bishops, priests, politicians and rail
road men. The object for which the conference was
called was the consideration of Catholic immigration
to the South.
Slavery, whatever were its evils, fenced off Roman
immigration from Europe, and threw it North, so
that, of the 16,000,000 foreigners who have come
to the country, not more than 600,000 have settled
in the Southern States.
It is known that the negroes in the South are
Republicans ; and if their votes are counted they
will become a power. The Jesuits attempt to offset
this by a foreign vote. Romanism is advancing
through our open gates like a mighty force, bull
dozing and corrupting our legislators, and demand
ing privileges and exemptions for itself which no
other sect would do. How long will it be before
the Jesuits shall engineer bills through the halls of
Congress as they have done in New York?
CARDINAL GIBBONS VIEWS ON THIS PUBLIC QUESTION.
Cardinal Gibbons has just returned from the
South. Regarding the immigration convention held
recently at Hot Springs, N. C., he says: "The
class of immigrants that the convention wants to
bring among the people of the South are thrifty and
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well-to-do natives of Ireland and Germany. We do
not want anarchists or paupers. The South needs
development badly, and I know of no better way
than to offer inducements to honest emigrants. I
deny that the movement is one to increase the power
of the Catholic Church in the South, other than what
legitimate increase may follow from such. The
Church upholds the law, and that should be sufficient
guaranty to any intelligent mind of the sincerity
and honesty of our purpose." Will the American
people be deceived by this Jesuitical special pleading
for this Romish scheme ?
CAN THE JESUITS BE EXPELLED?
A recent writer has said, that in expelling the
Jesuits, not alone all Protestant Americans would
unite, but thousands upon thousands of the most
intelligent members of the Roman Catholic Church
would join hands. Jesuitism is almost as dangerous
to them as to Protestants. There is no religion in
Jesuitism. It is foreign to the principles of the
gospel, inimical to liberty, and a conspirator against
the State. Because of their insatiate greed for
power and influence, they have been feared, hated,
driven out. It is believed that it will be so in this,
free land. Some deed will be performed, some
word spoken, which shall uncover the traitor ; when
the American people will arise and make short work
of the invader that seeks to crush out freedom, that
despotism resting on ignorance, on superstition and
error, may thrive. The cry will yet be heard :
"Expel the Jesuits." Then, voxpopuli shall be the
HOW WASHINGTON CAME TO BE WASHINGTON.
This few seem to know ; the many reckon, it happened
so. Such are oblivious to the fact, that before even
Washington was even a dream in the minds of men,
Rome had plotted to hold the continent. By Rome,
we mean the power that makes Rome what she is, and
what she is to be, " the prince of the power of the
air," who has incarnated himself in Jesuitism, as
Christ is incarnated in Christianity ; the power that
works in darkness, and plans the suppression of the
the truth and the overthrow of the rule of Christ.
" For we wrestle not," says Paul, "against flesh
and blood, but against principalities and powers,
and against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places."* John
said: "He that committeth sin is of the devil, for
the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this pur
pose was the Son of God manifested, that he might
destroy the works of the devil. "| In this manifesta
tion of Christ through the proclamation of the truth,
lies the hope of the world. If then we charge
Romanism with being cunning, subtle, and sly, the
reason for the charge is supplied in the words quoted,
which inform us of the cunning craftiness whereby
Rome lies in wait to deceive.
THE POWER IS UNSEEN.
It is shadowy. It inhabits the air and infects it.
Romanism is the malaria of the spiritual world. It
Eph. 6 ; 12. f 1 John 3 : 8.
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stupefies the brain, deadens the heart, and sears the
conscience as with a hot iron. It stands across the
track of the world s life, with gifts in its hands, offer
ing rule, supremacy, power and wealth to all who
will fall down and worship her.*
They who yield have peace and praise. They
who refuse must fight a desperate foe. The many do
not believe this. They are blinded by ambition and
fear, and they see it not. Deaf are they and they
hear not the truth, and yet the truth remains.
The what is, is the outgrowth of the what has been.
Don t forget it. A wise, astute, cunning, compre
hensive intellect has helped Romanism in the past,
and is helping it now.
Washington is in the lap of Rome, because of influ
ences which stirred the hearts of people and made
them to act worse than they knew.
A few facts will make all this plain. Columbus
wa.s actuated by a desire to promote the interests of
Romanism, when he traversed an unknown sea and
discovered this Western World. Cortez and Pizarro
went to Mexico and Peru, and captured them for the
same purpose. Their lives were full of cruelty, but
that did not hurt them with Rome. Lord Baltimore
came to Maryland to find a refuge for persecuted"
Romanists and named the place of retreat Mary s land.
To escape the fangs of Romanism and priestly intol
erance, the Puritans forsook their homes beyond the
sea, came to New England, and on Plymouth Rock
built an altar to liberty, sought on bleak New Eng
land shores freedom to worship God. They have
been called narrow in their thought, and it is claimed
they meant by liberty, liberty for themselves, and
the right to banish all who thought differently.
Roger Williams, in the furnace fire of affliction and
persecution, had the fetters of slavery to creed burned
* 2 Thess. 2 : 8, 9.
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away, and came forth, through the wilderness and
the sleet and snows of winter, to " What Cheer
Rock," where he became the champion of liberty for
Archbishop Hughes once said : 4 Far be it from
me to diminish, by one iota, the merit that is claimed
for Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and perhaps other
states, on the score of having proclaimed religious
freedom, but the Catholics of Maryland, by priority
of time, had borne away the prize." This is untrue,
both as regards time and character of what purported
to be religious freedom. The Roman Catholic colony
sailed up the Potomac in 1634. In Maryland the
boasted law was passed in 1649, two years after the
doctrine of religious freedom was proclaimed in
Rhode Island. Bancroft, in speaking of what was
done in Maryland, says : "The controversy between
the king and the parliament advanced, the overthrow
of the monarchy seemed about to confer unlimited
power in England upon the embittered enemies of
the Romish Church ; and, as if with a foresight of
impending danger, and an earnest desire to stay its
approach, the Roman Catholics of Maryland, with
^he covert countenance of their governor and of the
proprietary, determined to place upon their
statute-book an act of guaranty of religious freedom,
which had ever been sacred upon their soil. This
is the language of the Act : And whereas the
enforcing of the conscience in matters of religion
had frequently fallen out to be of dangerous conse
quences in those commonwealths where it has been
practiced, and for the more quiet and peaceable
government of this province, and the better to pre
serve mutual love and amity among the inhabitants,
no person within this province professing to believe
in Jesus Christ, shall in any ways be troubled,
molested, or discountenanced for his or her religion,
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or the free exercise thereof." This, then, is their
law poor as it is. In Rhode Island , their code of
laws passed in 1647, closes with the following
noble avowal of religious liberty to all: " Otherwise
than this what is herein forbidden, all men may
walk as their consciences persuade them, every one
in the name of God. And let the lambs of the Most
High walk in this colony without molestation, in the
name of Jehovah their God, for ever and ever."
At a time when Germany was the battle-field for
all Europe, in the implacable wars of religion ; when
even Holland was bleeding with the anger of venge
ful factions ; when France was still to go through the
fearful struggle with bigotry ; when England was
gasping under the despotism of intolerance ; almost
half a century before William Penn became an
American proprietor ; and two years before Descartes
founded modern philosophy on the method of free
reflection Roger Williams assisted the great
doctrine of intellectual liberty. It became his glory
to found a state upon that principle ; and to stamp it
upon its rising institutions, in characters so deep that
the impression has remained to the present day, and
can never be erased without the total destruction of
the work. The principles which the ^rst sustained,
amid the bickerings of a colonial faith, next asserted
in the general court of Massachusetts, and then
introduced into the wilds of Narragansett Bay, he
soon found occasion to publish to the world, and to
defend as the basis of the religious freedom of man
kind ; so that, borrowing the rhetoric employed by
his antagonist in derision, we may compare him to
the lark, the pleasant bird of the peaceful summer,
that, affecting to soar aloft, springs upward from the
ground, takes his rise from pole to tree, and at last
surmounting the highest hills, utters his clear chorals
through the skies of morning. He was the first per-
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son in modern Christendom to assert, in its pleni
tude, the doctrine of the liberty of conscience, the
equality of opinions before the law ; and in its
defense he was the harbinger of Milton, the precur
sor and the superior of Jeremy Taylor. For
Taylor limited his toleration to a few Christian sects ;
the philanthrophy of Williams compassed the earth.
Taylor favored partial reform, commended lenity,
argued for forbearance, and entered a special plea in
behalf of each tolerable sect : Williams would per
mit persecutions of no opinion, of no religion ; leav
ing heresy unharmed by law, and orthodoxy unpro
tected by the terrors of penal statutes.
Without comment, let us notice what Bancroft
says of the Maryland statutes :
" The clause for liberty in Maryland," he says,
" extended only to Christians, and was introduced
by the proviso, That whatsoever person shall blas
pheme God, or shall deny or reproach the Holy
Trinity, or any of the three Persons thereof, shall be
punished by death. Any person using any reproach
ful word or speeches concerning the Blessed Virgin
Mary, Mother of our Saviour, or the holy Apostles
or Evangelists, or any of them, for the first offense,
were to forfeit five pounds sterling to the lord pro
prietary, or, in default of payment, to be publicly
and severely whipped and imprisoned, as before
directed ; and for the third oflfense to forfeit lands
and goods, and be forever banished out of the prov
Cardinal Gibbons defines religious liberty to be
the free right of worshipping God according to the
dictates of a right conscience, and -of producing a
form of religion most in accordance with his duties to
God." In other words, religious liberty is the free
right of worshipping according to the commands of
Vol. 1, p. 256.
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the church of Eome, and of producing a form of
religion in accordance with the commands of the
Pope. Behind such a definition the Inquisitorial
tortures of Torquemada in Spain were practised, the
Waldenses and Albigenses were exterminated by
fire and sword, Ridley and Latimer were burned at
the stake, the fires were kindled at Smithfield for
the burning of the Word of God, and the inhuman
barbarities witnessed in convents and elsewhere
where Rome has control, are sanctioned and endorsed.
Full religious liberty means perfect liberty in our
relation to God, to believe or not to believe, to
worship or not to worship, as conscience may dic
tate. In the realm of religious liberty, suasion is the
only weapon to be used. God alone is the Lord of
the conscience. For this principle Roger Williams,
Isaac Backus and others contended, and the doctrines
they enunciated have shed a light which causes the
thrones of despotism to stand out in horrid contrast
with the altars of Republican hope.
After the proclamation of religious liberty came
the formation of the Republic. A nation was born.
A capital became a necessity. It has been said : The
American capital is the only seat of Government
of a first-class power which was a thought and the
performance of the Government itself. It used to be
called, in the Madisonian era, "the only virgin capital
in the world."*
St. Petersburg was the thought of an emperor, but
the capital of Russia long remained at Moscow, and
Peter the Great said that he designed St. Petersburg
to be only a window looking into Europe. Washing
ton City was designed to be not merely a window, but
a whole inhabitancy, in fee simple, for the deliberations
of Congress, and they were to exercise exclusive
*Geo, Alfred Townsend, in his Washington City, Outside
60 WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME.
legislation over it. So the Constitutional Convention
ordained, and in less than seven weeks after the thir
teenth State ratified the Constitution, the place of the
Capital was designated by Congress to the Potomac
River. In six months, the precise territory on the
Potomac was selected under the personal eye of
Washington. The home of the so-called Father of
his Country was Mt. Vernon. Virginia was then the
Empire State. Her population outnumbered both
New York and Pennsylvania. Baltimore was then the
Queen City, and Annapolis offered a safe retreat for
Congress, who had been insulted in Philadelphia, and
the Pennsylvanian authorities neglected to afford ade
quate protection. Then Congress resolved to have a
place of its own.
Maryland was an early applicant for the seat of
Government, and so was Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana ;
but the Federal City came to Maryland and was located
on the banks of the Potomac, very largely because of
the munificent offer made by Virginia, and of the
paramount influence of Washington. At that time
Georgetown was a port of entry, and was a slave-
market, and largely settled by Romanists. The Jes
uit College had been established there, and priest and
people were quick to see the opportunities of advance
ment placed within their reach. The influence of
Roman Catholic Maryland has been noticeable in the
" City of Magnificent Distances" from the first. Be
hind Maryland, and in league with Jesuit and Priests,
was and is the power referred to, "The Prince of the
power of the air." This fact must be kept in mind.
It explains the mysteries that envelop the city.
Does it not tell us another truth, that God is not
afraid. Though Satan is potent, he is not omnipo
tent. Though Rome is very prudent and wise, she
has not all wisdom. Up above us all is a Being who
sees the end from the beginning, and though "the lot
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is cast into the lap, the disposal thereof is with the
Lord." Let us believe this. "He that hath a dream, let
him tell a dream, and he that hath my word, let him
speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the
wheat? saith the Lord. Is not my word like a fire?
saith the Lord, and like a hammer that breaketh the
rock in pieces ? " *
It was July 16th, 1790, that President Washington
approved the bill in six sections which directed the
acceptance of ten miles square for the permanent seat
of the Government. Georgetown had been laid out
for forty years. The Jesuit mission of Maryland,
began by Father Andrew White, Father John Grov-
ernor and Father Timothy Hayes, in 1633, antedates
the settlement of all the original thirteen states,
except Virginia and Massachusetts.
The Jesuit College had been founded in 1789, one
year before the capital was located on the Potomac.
It was chartered as a University in 1815. It had
been weak. In 1872, though ten Jesuit professors
taught, there were but fifty-six students. The Con
vent of Visitation was founded in 1799. Virginia was
called " the Mother of Presidents, and the Mother of
States." She had then a population of 750,000;
Pennsylvania had 434,000 ; and New York 340,000.
North Carolina, with 394,000, outnumbered Massa
chusetts with 379,000. It was not until 1820 that
any state passed Virginia ; but in 1830 New York and
Pennsylvania had bidden her good bye ! "
The Capitol was staked out the year after Frank
lin died, thirty years before the death of George III.,
in Goethe s 52nd year and Schiller s 32nd ; sixteen
years before the first steamboat, two years before
Louis XII, was guillotined, when Louis Phillippi was
in his 19th year, when George Stephenson was a boy
of ten, the year John Wesley died, in Napoleon s
*Jer. 23:28, 29.
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22nd year, the year Morse was born and Mirabeau
was buried, in the third year of the London Times,
just after Lafayette had been the most powerful man
in France, three years before the death of Edward
Gibbon, while Warren Hastings was on trial, in
Burke s 61st year, in Foxe s 42nd, Pitt s 32nd, in the
Popedom of Pius VII.
The laying-out of the city was taken in charge
by Major L Enfant. In the survey, the little creek
called the Tiber a name so significant to Romanists ;
though it designates a little creek, long afterwards
the eyesore of the city obtained significance in the
estimation of Roman Catholics.
So much for history. Rumor has it that the
Southerners voted against a Northern town, that
slavery might find protection beneath the shadow of
the Capitol, where she reared her Auction Block, and
did her best to perpetuate her infamies. Is it not
possible that Rome, the foster-parent of slavery,
hoped to find in slaveholders allies and helpers to
promote the interests of this twin-relic of mediaeval
barbarism, which it is hoped may be removed with
out a civil war and without compelling the nation to
wade through a sea of blood? Victor Hugo, in his
Les Miserables, describes the devil-fish. Its long,
floating arms envelopes its victim, and silently bears
it to the vortex of ruin. The devil-fish of Victor
Hugo s imagination is matched by the skill displayed
by Rome in Washington, which it seeks to hold.
Mighty as is Rome, it has been baffled and beaten
elsewhere, and can be beaten again. At this hour,
it looks as if an untimely surrender had been made.
The truth proclaimed will awaken the people to the
infamy of the deed, and they will take back what
belongs to them, and Washington shall be free.
JESUITS CLIMB TO POWER IN WASHINGTON.
Jesuits sue for the favor of the great and powerful.
To obtain this, they decry faith in God, join in
attacks on Rome, play the atheist or the infidel.
Jesuitism permits its votary to do what pleases him.
Submission to God is not in their creed. Jesuitism,
in its practice, pays a premium on talent, on trickery,
on cunning. It glories in subtlety. It is "all
things to all men." Falsehood, theft, murder,
none of these things stand in its way. According to
the compendium published in Strasburg in 1843, it
is written as follows :
"Perjury Should it be asked how far a man
should be bound, who has taken an oath in a false
manner, and for the purpose of deceiving, the answer
is, that in point of religion he is not bound at all,
because he has not taken a true oath ; but in point of
justice he is bound to do that which he hus sworn
fictitiously and in order to deceive." There is honor
for the people in America ! Robbery is permitted,
and so is murder ! Jesuitism is free to accomplish
its designs. Among the wants of mankind may be
reckoned an appetite for deception ; a desire inherent
in our depraved natures to bring to an agreement the
claims of the Deity with the indulgence of our
frailties ; a mild impatience for the conveniences
and splendors of a religious structure in which the
history of delusion may be enjoyed to the full. And
most prodigally does the Romish church minister to
this demand. Ample and complete indeed was the
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apparatus which she provided for the accommodation
of all the various passions and propensities of man.
When the structure which she had reared had
reached its perfection, it "had a chamber for every
natural faculty of the soul, and an occupation for
every energy of the natural spirit." She there per
mitted every extreme :>f abstemiousness and indul
gence, fast and revelry ; melancholy abstraction and
burning zeal ; subtle acuteness and popular discourse ;
world renunciation and worldly ambition ; embracing
the arts and the sciences and the stores of ancient
learning ; adding antiquity and misrepresentation of
all monuments of better times, and covering carefully
with a venerable veil that only monument of better
times which was able to expose the false ministry of
the infinite superstition.*
It is needless to add that the sorcery which thus
drugged the world, was, from the first, most prodi
gally patronized by the vices and wants of human
nature. In Washington, nothing is done by Roman
ists to frighten the most timid. Nothing to waken
people up. Nothing to scare or alarm. And yet
Avhoever enters Washington is met by this unseen
influence. If he surrenders, be he president, depart
ment clerk, or minister of the gospel, there is peace.
If he refuses to yield, and stands for the liberties of
the people, then there is a fight. The powers of
hell are evoked. His path is blocked. His limbs
are fettered. His words fall like lead, and are no
longer winged with power. This is known ; and
men who wish promotion recognize the truth, and
adjust their plans accordingly.
Rome as a machine in politics is a success. The
Pope is the church, since 1870. The Jesuits rule
It is said that Leo XIII. thought himself to be
*Irving s Babylon, page 238.
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Pope. The Jesuits thought differently. The Pope
was poisoned. His agony was excruciating. A
Jesuit approached him ; told him the truth : " You
are poisoned. You have so long a time to live. If
you surrender, the antidote e.s ready " He surrendered
to Jesuitism, and lives as their machine, to be
worked in their interest, and as the foe of all that is
ennobling and improving among men. Does that
story seem incredible? It is but a repetition of
what has occurred again and again. Jesuitism, that
has been banished from every country in Europe,
finds in the United States a welcome and a sphere
for action. The Cardinal is the mouthpiece and ser
vant of the Order. As a political machine, it is with
out a rival. It is not hindered by principle or even
pretension. It does what it will pay to have done.
It works for its own interest, first, last, and all the
time. It helps the party that will do its behests
blindly and without questioning. It delivers its
goods. If it promises votes for reward, it gives the
votes and expects the reward. Powerful at Wash
ington, it is equally powerful outside. Offend the
Order at the Seat of Government, and a whispered
word brings opposition from every quarter, if that
be necessary ; while it delivers a single blow with
equal force, and is feared everywhere, because of its
capabilities to work mischief in any given locality.
In the days of slavery, it was the ally of despotism.
It was supposed to be the sure ally of the Confeder
acy ; or, perhaps, the attempt to draw out of the
Union never had been made. What it could not do
openly, it did in secret. The lovers of liberty not
only overthrew slavery, but proved to Romanism
that the cohorts of liberty are to be feared. Hence
Romanism withdrew from public gaze, and, adopting
the tactics of Uriah Heep, served that it might rule.
The audaciousness of Rome is only equalled by its
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industry. It never tires. It is in league with all
the forces of evil. Three-fourths of the saloon
keepers are Komanists. A politician of Cincinnati
declared, "I would rather have the help of one
saloon than of five churches." The probability is,
the churches could not be brought to the support of
such a man. The saloons could. Rome runs them.
They pay for it. Week after week, Sisters, in the
service of Rome, visit them and obtain their weekly
stipend, and bestow the blessing of the church on the
Rome climbs to power because it is joined to every
form of evil, is in league with the enemy of all right
eousness, and runs with the multitude in evil-doing.
To Rome Satan said, "Fall down and worship me,
and 1 will lift you to places of power and influence."
The deed was done. The result has followed. Place,
then, an organism that is utterly unscrupulous at the
direction of a party, that controls the press and the
k plug-uglies," the pulpit and the penal class, that
lays one hand on the homes of fashion and culture,
and the other on the tenement-house ; one on the
banking office, and the other on the workshop and
factory, that marshals the aspirants after power
and the class that only cries for gain, that steps
upon the platform as adviser, and into the caucus as
director, that is at all times and everywhere capa
ble of achieving results, and it is not strange that
its power is evoked and that its behests are obeyed.
Rome has climbed to power in Washington because
men have forgotten country and God, and served evil
for the sake of gain. It has been said :
"The Inquisition is not only one of the horrors of
history, but one of its greatest lessons also. It is
the greatest argument to prove that the only safety
of nations is in justice and liberty."
In a few years Rome will become able to establish
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the Inquisition here, unless a speedy change for the
better comes over the spirit of our people. When I
looked upon the cells of solid masonry standing back
to back in the cellar of a Catholic church in New
Jersey, and noticed the size of them, and that they
were exactly such ones as are described in history, in
which human beings were walled up alive, I said to
myself, Who is to be walled up to die in there ? "
I stood upon the wall of an unfinished church, to
take my observation that wall was several feet
thick. A woman was wheeling a baby-carriage upon
it, and she had plenty of room. Not the cry of a
hundred men could be heard through such a wall
Avhen finished. What do innocent churches want of
such walls in a free country ? Ah ! the not distant
future will tell, if "the Catholics become a consider
That kind of a cell is not confined to New Jersey.
The cells and underground passages in the cellar of
the Jesuit college in Washington w r ould alarm the
American people, if they were not case-hardened and
dead to reason. In one cellar beneath a Roman
Catholic church is a cell in which is an iron cellar.
It can be closed air-tight. What horrid crimes have
been committed there, God only knows. Rome is
not changed, in spirit or in purpose. She boasts of
her intolerance, and practices her inhumanity when
ever she can. Let a member of Congress determine,
because of public opinion, and perhaps because of the
intrinsic merits of a bill that obtains the approval of
his judgment and because he believes it will advance the
interests of his constituency to refuse a vote to advance
a scheme upon which Rome has set its heart, or to
pass an appropriation bill in which Rome has an
interest, and presto ! he finds himself antagonized by
a spirit that infects the air and confronts and destroys
his influence. An unseen hand is found directing
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affairs at the nominating convention and manipulating
ballots at the polls. Because of this, the power of
Rome is dreaded and courted in Washington and
throughout the country.
ROME IS WELL SERVED.
Cardinal, archbishops, priests, brothers, monks,
nuns, sisters of charity and of the poor these, and
an innumerable multitude beside, do her bidding.
They will tell the truth, or a falsehood, in accordance
with the needs of Rome. They will cringe and crawl
as beggars, or frown and threaten as masters. They
will deceive the very elect.
PAUL DESCRIBES THEM.
They are "lovers of their own selves, covetous,
boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents,
unthankful, unholy, without natural aifection, truce
breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers
of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded,
lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God ; having
a form of godliness and denying the power thereof.
. . . For of this sort are they which creep into houses
and lead captive silly women, laden with sins, led away
with divers lusts, ever learning and never able to
come to the knowledge of the truth ; from such turn
Beyond what are called the sacred orders, Rome
has a vast constituency, which are being organized by
the Jesuits into a great number of secret societies,
the principal of which are : < The Ancient Order of
Hibernians " " Irish American Society " "Knights of
/St. Patrick," " Knights of the Red Branch" etc., etc. ;
while it is said, and believed, there are 700,000
men enrolled under the name of U. S. Volunteers,
Militia, and officered by some of the skillful generals
* 2 Tim. 3:2-7.
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and officers of the Republic. These are trained to
antagonize the most sacred principles underlying
the Constitution of the United States ; such as, the
equality of every citizen before the law, liberty of
conscience, independence of the civil from ecclesiasti
cal power, freedom of worship, etc., etc.
The United States have established schools, where
they invite the people to send their children, that they
may cultivate their intelligence and become good and
useful citizens. The church of Rome has publicly
cursed all these schools and forbidden their children
to attend them, under pain of excommunication in
this world and damnation in the next. Not only
does she antagonize our school system, claiming at
the outset that it bore a religious character, because
the Bible found in it a welcome ; but having been the
cause for banishing the Word of God, she pronounces
the schools godless, and sends forth the decree to
have all her children housed in the parochial school,
and then, with an effrontery and inconsistency that is
simply astounding, she seeks to officer the schools of
Protestants, so that in some of the public schools
in which there is hardly a single Roman Catholic
child, and where there is a parochial school in the
immediate neighborhood, Rome, through suffrage,
obtains control of the School Board in our large cities,
and then fills the schools with Roman Catholic teach
ers to instruct the children of Protestants. In one
such school are forty-one teachers, thirty-nine of
whom are Roman Catholics.
The Constitution of the United States finds in the
people the source of civil power. Rome proclaims
this principle impious and heretical, and claims that
all governments must rest upon the foundations of
the Catholic faith, with the Pope alone as the legiti
mate and infallible source and interpreter of the
law. The Hon. Richard W. Thompson, late Secretary
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of the Navy, said : "Nothing is plainer than that, if
the principles of the church of Rome prevail here,
religious freedom is at an end. The two cannot exist
together. They are in open and direct antagonism
with the fundamental theory of our Government
This statement would not convey any news to an
intelligent and an instructed Romanist. The Roman
Catholic Bishop Ryan, speaking in Philadelphia re
cently, said: "We maintain that the Church of
Rome is intolerant ; that is, that she uses every
means in her power to root out heresy. But her
intolerance is the result of her infallibility. She
alone has the right to be intolerant, because she
alone has the truth. The church tolerates heretics
when she is obliged to do so ; but she hates them
with a deadly hatred, and uses all her power to*
annihilate them. If ever the Catholics should
become a considerable majority, which in time will
surely be the case, then will religious freedom in the
Republic of the United States come to an end. Our
enemies know how she treated heretics in the Middle
Ages, and how she treats them to-day, where she
has the power. We no more think of denying these
historic facts, than we do of blaming the Holy God
and the princes of the church for what they have
thought fit to do."
This, though not a cheerful view, tells the truth,
and prepares us, with renewed interest, to study the
proofs, showing that Washington is in the lap of
Rome, that we may better be prepared to under
stand the terrible tyranny there exercised, and the
unscrupulous uses to which the results of this power
ROME IN THE LAP OF WASHINGTON.
No sooner had the District of Columbia been
designated as the seat of the Capital of the United
States, than Rome entered it, not as master, but as
servant. Pius VII. had just reached the Papal chair,
while the Continent about him was quaking beneath
the resounding tread of Napoleon s embattled host.
Romanism was having a hard struggle in Europe.
She was not yet at home in America. She was on
sufferance. Clement the Fourteenth had issued the
bill abolishing the Society of Jesuits, just previous to
the Declaration of Independence by the United
States of America, saying, as he did so : " I sign my
death-warrant ; but I obey my conscience." " Watch
the pot," became his watchword, as he dismissed one
cook supposed to be under Jesuit control, and
appointed another, a monk by the name of Francis,
whom he thought he could trust.
The active prudence of the good monk did not
disconcert the Jesuits ; it only rendered them more
ingenious in Europe, and coaxed them in great num
bers to find a home and a theatre of operations in the
The following was the infernal trick they employed
to attain their ends in Rome: "A lady of the
Sabine, entirely devoted to them, had a tree in her
garden which bore the handsomest figs in Rome.
The reverend fathers, knowing that the Pope loved
this fruit very much, induced the lady to disguise
herself as a peasant, and go and present these figs to
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Brother Francis. The devotee did so several times,
gained the confidence of the Franciscan, and one day
slipped into the basket a fig larger than the others,
into which a subtle poison, called aquetta? was
injected. Up to this time the Holy Father had
enjoyed perfect health ; he was well made, though
of the ordinary height ; his voice was sonorous and
strong ; he walked with the activity of a young man,
and everything presaged a long old age to him.
From that day his health failed in an extraordinary
manner ; it was remarked with alarm that his voice
was sensibly failing. To those first symptoms of
his sickness was joined so violent an inflammation of
his throat that lie was obliged to keep his mouth
constantly open ; vomiting then succeeded the inflam
mation, accompanied by pains in his bowels ; finally,
the sickness increasing in its intensity, he discovered
that he was poisoned. He wished to make use of
antidotes, but it was too late ; the evil was beyond
remedy, and he had only to wait the close of his life.
For the three months that he endured this terrible
agony, his courage never failed him for a moment ;
one day only, after a more violent crisis than all the
others, he said : "Alas ! I knew well that they would
poison me, but I did not expect to die in so slow
and cruel a manner." Remember, a woman wos the
instrument of the Jesuits, as was Mary Surratt, a
century later, in the taking off of the great Emanci
pator. The Pope was changed into a shadow. His
flesh was eaten out by the corrosive action of the
"aquetta"\ his very bones were attacked and
became softened, contorting his members and giving
them a hideous form. At last, worn out with suffer
ing, the poor victim of the execrable Jesuits died,
Sept. 22nd, 1774. Something of this was known by
the builders of the Republic in America. In Assam
missionaries are compelled to get accustomed to
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snakes. They climb up their door-jams ; they find
sleeping places in the roof and ceiling above them ;
They look down upon them, while they rest in bed.
Sometimes a poisonous reptile is touched, and bites
and kills. This is bad. Thousands of natives fall a
prey to the reptiles, who live, and move, and have
being in the country ; yet, after all, missionaries get
used to snakes. They learn to tolerate them.
Some learn to pet them. They see natives who
become snake-charmers, and boast of their ability ;
indeed, get their living by handling and sporting wkh
snakes. The story is matched by the way Roman
Catholics have come to be not only tolerated, but
finally petted, courted, if not loved, in America. At
the outset, the people felt a great repugnance towards
them. The Christian people of the United States
gave Roman Catholics a wide berth. The less they
had of them the better. The story of the Inquisition
was familiar. Washington dreaded foreign influence,
und never saw but one Roman Catholic in whom he
had comfort, the immortal Lafayette. Jefferson,
Madison and others were afraid of the influence
attempted to be exerted by the mischievous, perse
cuting, unreliable asscioation known and designated
as the Roman Catholic Church, which was to them
" The Wicked" The Mystery of Iniquity "-
"The Harlot of the Tiber" The oppressor and
inhuman foe of the Church of God in all ages and all
climes. Hence Rome entered Washington, as else
where, as an object of dread. That College in
Georgetown, District of Columbia, was regarded as
a Jesuit nest. It was let alone by the North, and
largely by the South. Then came the convent.
Nuns began to appear. Their pious faces, demure
appearance, deceived the very elect. The establish
ments they wanted for eleemosynary purposes, went
up silently and almost unnoticed. Here was the
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Providence Hospital, corner Second and D streets.
Beautiful name ! All thought well of it. It was
founded in 1862. That was in the midst of the war.
The nuns wished to help nurse the wounded. " Why
not let them? Who can do it better?" men said.
The camel got his head in when hospital tents were
whitening the hillsides and valleys of the land.
Thaddeus Stevens asked and obtained an appropria
tion of $32,000 for the Providence Hospital. In
1864 it was incorporated. The Sisters of Charity
were to have charge. The name < < Sisters of Charity "
sounds well. In 1867 the present building was com
menced. It is now two hundred and eighty feet in
length, built of brick, and will accommodate 250
patients, and the government supports seventy-five
Samuel J. Eandall, the son of a Baptist, linked to
the denomination by many enduring ties, married a
wife in sympathy with Rome, gave his daughter to a
Roman Catholic, and found in the hospital the best
of care after those terrible nervous prostration
attacks which come of too great mental strain when
stimulus no longer furnishes relief. There he could
go. All that love and care could do for him was
done ; all that political influence could do for them
was done. And so appropriation after appropriation
has been smuggled through ; until, it is said and
believed that, since 1866, over one million of dollars
have been given by the nation to support Roman
Catholic institutions in the City of Washington.
This will be a surprise to many members of Congress
now on duty. It will not be believed by some. Yet
it is probably under, rather than over the truth.
Rome builds her walls in troublous times. It was
during the war that she appeared, the war in which
she wrought as the traitor to liberty. She obtained
a foothold from which it seems almost impossible to
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dislodge her. She came stealthily and unobtrusively :
came as a helper by profession, as a flatterer by
practice. Because women, dressed in the garb of
nuns, came to strong men and asked for help, it was
thought ungallant to deny them. They had been in
the hospitals. The surgeons prized them. They
gave no trouble. If things were wrong, they never
made reports. Physicians and surgeons might be
drunken and cruel, the Sisters of Charity gave no
sign. The bad had all things in common. So they
prospered there, and were rewarded when they
needed help in Washington. Home knows how to
employ women in carrying forward her great
schemes. Her history shows this.
ROME CAN BE SEEN AND STUDIED HERE.
In presenting Romish splendors and glories we are
not compelled to cross the sea, to enter Italy, to pass
through the gates of the seven-hilled city, to pass up
the Appian or any other way ; to enter St. Peter, or
wander through the interminable passages and galler
ies of the Vatican. The Rome in which the Coliseum
stands, and churches innumerable are found side by
side with ruins sacred to memory and history, is not
in our thought when it is declared that Rome found
a place in the lap of Washington before Washington
came to rest so quietly and contentedly in the lap of
Rome. By Rome is meant, the spirit that distin
guishes her, and the influences which gathered power
in days that were dark and days that were bright.
By Rome is meant, the men who serve at her altars ;
now known as a monk, then as a bishop, anon arch
bishop or a cardinal, but first and last as a Jesuit.
Lord Robert Montagu, formerly the companion of
the Jesuits, says: "The system of the Church of
Rome is a wonderful mechanism. Its centre is the
Pope. Yet it is independent of the Pope. Many a
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Pope has been a dotard ; very many have been
debauchees; and still the machine works on, irre
spective of his idiosyncrasies. It is the Cabinet, the
Privy Council, the College of Cardinals that governs.
That body never dies. One old man and another
falls away, like a sere and yellow leaf; but the tree
remains ; the tradition and knowledge of centuries
are still there. The records of the past are added to
the daily experiences of the present ; and that exper
ience is being ever gathered in every corner of the
earth, wherever there is a priest or a missioner.
From every race, from every land, from every
people, nay, from every family, there stretches a
telegraphic wire of secret intelligence to the central
section of the Vatican. There the intelligence is
used by free minds, who are destitute of family,
without all the affections that are natural to men ;
without a country or a home, without patriotism,
without restraint of obligations, oaths, moral prin
ciples or divine laws ; because the word of the Pope
is supposed to tear those holy fetters away as gos
samer webs ; and priestly absolution is held to wash
out even the slightest taint of sin."
" That is right which is done to advance the
power of the Pope. That is true which the Pope
may please to assert ex cathedra ; that which favors
the interests of the church is good. Even crime is
commendable if it be done for the church. The ad
vance of the Papacy has always been as the advance
of the plague, irresistible, unsparing, remorseless,
and deadly. Its myriads of secret agents overmatch
armies and dispose of their generals. Its purposes
are fathomless as the sea and silent as the grave : its
action in every state, setting nation to hamper nation,
and exciting one statesman against another; break
ing up, dividing, crumbling its enemies, while its
own party is always united ; conspiring everywhere
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towards one object. Ever victorious, it will triumph,
until the great hour for the doom of the harlot, which
sits upon the nations of the earth, has struck, until
the warning voice has been heard through the world,
" Come out of her my people."
Having increased from 45,000 in 1783 in the
United States, very largely through emigration and
annexation ; and having worked in accordance with
one fixed and comprehensive plan, viz. : to get all
possible in land, in influence, in gifts, and give out
nothing and lose nothing, having adopted a system
of borrowing money by a kind of saving-bank pro
cess, illustrated by Archbishop Purcell of Cincinnati,
whereby millions of dollars have been obtained and
used for the purchase of real estate, building vast
structures, and mortgaging them for all they can
carry, Rome has an appearance of prosperity, the
result of dishonesty and deception, and entirely mis
leading. In Cincinnati and elsewhere, these vast
sums used have been stolen from the poor, who have
no redress except in suits of law, which are expen
sive, and which result in putting the litigant under
the ban of the church.
The Pope claims that the church has an innate,
legitimate ri^fht to the entire earth. Rome takes,
O O 7
holds, and uses property as if she were master.
This property, to the extent of $300,000,000 in the
U. S., is vested in the bishops. The people who give
the money have no control of it. In England, Rome
obtained possession, at one time, of one-third of the
Kingdom ; and it was only through the statute of
mortmain deliverance was obtained. In Spain, in
Mexico, in Italy, and in other Catholic countries,
the civil power had to resort to confiscation, so that
the people might have an opportunity to build ;
hence Church property should be taxed, and then
Rome would be compelled to disgorge. The city
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of Brooklyn is robbed annually of $100,000 taxes on
one piece of property captured by Jesuit cruelty and
cunning, and yet there is not a church, nor an eccle
siastical edifice on it. The entire separation of
church and state is the principle of our government,
and to prevent the possibility of any sect, or combi
nation of sects, from imposing, or even attempting
to impose, a state church upon the United States,
it was enacted March 4th, 1789, in the first amend
ment to the Constitution, that " Congress shall
make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; " and yet
public land and money has been given by the Gov
ernment to the Roman Catholic church amounting
to millions of dollars. The block on which the
Fifth Avenue Cathedral stands in New York is valued
at $4,000,000. Land has been given in many mili
tary posts for Roman Catholic chapels, in direct an
tagonism to the letter and spirit of the Republic.
This is the Rome that entered Washington, so
soon as the wilderness began to bud and blossom
towards its present life and state. Let us admit the
truth. Rome has silently and stealthily coiled her
folds about the capital, and few are aware of the
peril which threatens the peace and prosperity of the
nation.* Into Washington Rome came with exceed
ing care and grace. She has risen to power and
dominion through the instigation of Satan and the
instrumentality of designing men. Rome seeks poli
tical supremacy at the capital and throughout the
nation. Is it not high time that every loyal citizen,
and friend of religious and civil liberty, should
awake to the importance of firmly withstanding the
emissary in those places where she seeks control?
No man who is a loyal Roman Catholic is properly
qualified to be a representative in our national or
* See Frontispiece.
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state legislatures. No man who truckles to Roman
ism is n t to be a representative of a free people.
Let us not forget that the signal of our nationality
was the signal of Rome s irrevocable decree to crush
us in our might ; and commencing with the honeyed
expressions of the tongue and a sardonic smile upon
her face, she Bas received largely and enjoyed long
our national conlidence and hospitality. We remem
bered that it was not the least of America s glory,
that her Roman Catholic sons fought and suffered
and perilled for her liberty ; and we did not thus
perceive that the Jesuitism, which then and now
absolutely controls the church of Rome in the United
States, never had anything in common with our in
stitutions, the Declaration of Independence, or our
Republican government. There is an eternal hos
tility between the principles of Washington and the
principles of Popery, between the spirit of Romish
priests and prelates and that of the fathers of the Re
public, who owned allegiance only to God, and re
quired no intercessor but His well-beloved Son . There
were no surpliced traitors, no perfidious prelates, in
that great convention which formed the eternal code
of our liberties, and wrote our everlasting principles ;
but God-fearing, God-depending, God-trusting men
of robust and manly life. It was no vulnerable con
ceited popinjay but the spirit which had drawn
lightning from the skies who arose in that assem
bly, and to solve doubt, and difficulty, and danger
said : " We seem to be at our wits ends ; we need
help from above. Let us pray" They knelt the
collected wisdom of America before the God who
had given them Independence, that He might guide
them to a Constitution wise and holy enough to save
it. Let not their work be in vain. Put the trumpet
to the lip, and sound the alarm : Papal Despotism
has Washington in her grasp ! The presence of the
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dragon is here and is felt ; his breath is diffusing its
poison ; his touch has wounded, and already par
tially withered our schools, the ballot-box and the
Bible. Men claiming to be Protestants are barter
ing the principles of American liberty for priestly
influence and papal despotism. To head against it,
truth must be told. Then will the clouds of mental
and moral darkness be dissipated, and the poor,
blinded Papists, in bondage to priestcraft, will come
forth into the freedom of Bible and Republican inde
The female Jesuit in America, as in Europe, is to
be dreaded. No one can follow the trail of the
liomish serpent without being convinced that Satan
did not turn from women after he wrought the ruin
of the father of the race through his seductive power
over Eve. Through woman he finds a passage-way
to the heart of man. No greater peril confronts us
than is found in the readiness with which Protestant
young men marry Roman Catholic wives. Gen.
"Win. T. Sherman beclouded his life, gave up his
hold upon the children God might give him, and so
was robbed of his boy, and did injustice to his own
high aims, when he took to his heart a woman who
had first given herself to the priests of Rome. Be
cause of this, he publicly declared he could not
accept the nomination for the Presidency. Whatever
he may do, or not do, she has been the willing and
untiring servant of Rome. By her wiles another
brilliant man lost the Presidency, and is to-day a
broken wreck. There were good reasons why God
forbade the children of Israel marrying wives from
the heathen about them. When this was done, the
woman captured the man and carried with her the
children. Solomon, with all his wisdom, could not
withstand her wiles. Rome understands this power,
and places schools, filled with brilliant and captivat-
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ing ladies, near the military posts, so as to capture
the young men. Major-General Schofield was born
into a Christian home, and had an honored father,
who was a Baptist minister, but a Romish wife has
taken him into the embrace of Rome. Let the warn
ing be heeded. Judge Jesuitism by its infamous
conduct towards the amiable Clement. Pius the
Sixth came next. We cannot describe the p Jottings
and conflicts which disturbed the church prior to his
election. His character is made apparent by the
utterance : * t Pius the Fifth is the last Pope canon
ized by the church, I wish to walk in his footsteps"
Pius the Fifth was the instigator of the St. Barthol
omew massacre. Pius the Sixth has been described
as enterprising and irresolute, interested and prodi
gal, suspicious and careless, false in heart and
knavish in mind. Pius the Sixth had two children
by his own sister ! * His conduct infected Romanism.
It was during his life as Pope, that Leopold of Tus
cany, brother of Joseph Second of Austria, deter
mined to clean out Tuscany by resisting the polluting
tendencies of the Papacy. In "Why Priests Should
Wed " there is no more terrible picture than is here
set forth. Scipio di Ricci, through investigations,
brought out revelations which horrified Europe.
44 From the declarations of the nuns, it was shown
that in the convents of St. Lucia and St. Catherine
at Pistoria, the female Dominicans received the con
fessors in the chapter and abandoned themselves to
the most unbridled excesses of libertinage on the
very steps of the altar ; other nuns owned that fre
quently jealousy, or the inconstancy of the monks,
led to serious collisions ; that they disputed for the
provincial, or prior; that they deprived themselves
of their money or eifects for their confessors ; that
* History of the Popes, by Louis Mare De Gormen, p. 398.
Ibid., p. 403.
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several Dominicans had five or six mistresses at once,
who formed a kind of seraglio ; that at each promo
tion of a provincial in the monastery of the men, the
newly chosen went to the convent to choose a favor
ite, and that the novices, entirely naked, were ranged
in two rows for his inspection ; that he placed his hand
on the head of her who pleased him most and made
her his mistress at once" Why are nunneries in
Washington better than these pest houses? Has
Kome changed ? Scipio di Ricci, under the direction of
Leopold, fought these enormities, and Pius the Sixth
fought the Reformer and fulminated bull after bull
against him. To clean out the impurities of the
Papacy condemned the Pope of Rome.
Then it was Voltaire led the philosophers in their
attack upon the church. Free thought in Europe led
to untrammeled thinking in the New World. Louis
the Sixteenth expiated his crimes upon the scaffold.
A Republic was proclaimed in France. It was the out
growth of the birth of the Republic of the United
States. Pius the Sixth fulminates a bull of excom
munication against the French nation, designating it
by the names of "impious" " sacriligeous " and
" abominable," and calls doAvn upon it the thunders
of heaven and earth. The Convention sends the
following letter to His Holiness: "The Executive
Council of the Republic to the prince bishop of Rome.
Pontiff, You will immediately discharge from your
dungeons several French citizens who are detained in
them. If these demands are ineffectual, you will
learn that the Republic is too bold to overlook an
outrage, or too powerful to allow it to go unpun
Then came the fight with Napoleon Bonaparte.
Pius the Sixth endeavored to appease the storm ; but
these conflicts, and, above all, his debauchery with
the beautiful Duchess de Broschi, his daughter, gave
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a, fatal blow to his health. His two bastards, Rom-
nald and the Duke de Broschi, hastened to lay hands
on the treasures collected in the Vatican. Up rose the
people against the Pontiff kings informing him
that he was no longer anything in the government.
" And my dignity," exclaimed the Pope, anxiously ;
"what becomes of it?" "It will be preserved to
you," said General Cervani ; "and a provision of two
thousand Roman crowns is granted you to maintain
your rank." "And my person, what is to become
of it?" "It is safe," replied Cervani; "and they
will even grant you a hundred men for your guard."
" 1 am still Pope, then," said the destroyer of his
sister s virtue, with a strange laugh. Thus he went
on, until the resources of life were used up by age,
debaucheries, and excesses. A paralysis, which had
at first fallen on his limbs, extended to his entrails,
and freed the earth, on the 29th of August, 1799, of
the last pontiff of the eighteenth century.
Then came Pius the Seventh. The new pope was
elected after one hundred and four days of discussion
and strife. To Napoleon he was indebted for his
election. To Napoleon he became servile and ful
some, and exhausted all forms of adulatory thanks.
He it was who left Rome and went to Paris to con
secrate the Consul who had changed the Republic
into an empire, and took to himself a crown. Pius
the Seventh restored the Jesuits to power. He
persecuted the good, and helped the bad ; and on
the 6th of July, 1822, fell in his chamber and broke
his hip, and died April 20, 1823.
The Papacy, weak in Europe, was not strong in
America. The Jesuits were alive there and here.
They were hated there as here they prospered
there as here. Into Washington Rome came, not as
a novice, but as an adept in the art of ruling. Every
thing was new and untried. Help was welcomed,
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come from whence it might. The Jesuits were wary
and discreet. They represented an organization that
joined together ancient civilizations. Truly has Ma-
caulay said : " No other institution is left standing
which carries the mind back to the times when the
smoke of sacrifice rose from the Pantheon and when
camel-leopards and tigers bounded in the Flavian
amphitheatre. The proudest royal houses are but
of yesterday, when compared with the line of su
preme pontiffs. That line we trace back in an unbroken
series from the Pope who crowned Napoleon in the
Nineteenth century, to the Pope who crowned Pepin
in the Eighth ; and far beyond the time of Pepin the
august dynasty extends, till it is lost in the twilight
Rome was full of life and vigor. Republics had
been throttled in Europe. The attempt was to be
made to destroy the one being established in America.
There is much about Rome to give it prestige. Age
does much. Pretension does more. She assumes
apostolical pre-eminence. Few care to prove the
falsity of the claims. They tolerate, they endure,
and some embrace.
as the sole authorized channel of Divine grace to
saints and sinners. She has large endowments and
accumulated wealth. She holds her church-edifices,
monasteries, convents, educational and charitable
establishments, by such a tenure as to be independ
ent of contemporary fear or favor. By the skillful
use of the political and social influence connected
with its wealth and numbers and centralized organ
izations, it has facilities for advancing to honor,
and otherwise repaying, those who sustain and honor
her, and for hindering or preventing the prosperity
of those who oppose her.
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She has also an element of great strength in her
grandeur and showy magnificence. Her grand
cathedrals and churches, situated in the most desir
able situations ; her gorgeous ceremonies, and pomp
ous processions, with all the adjuncts of unrivalled
music and artistic splendor, produce their effect.
Churches went up. They were beautiful to the eye.
Priests walked in humility, not in pride. The war
was no sooner over, than Rome built for the colored
people the handsomest and most stately structure in
Washington. That was smart. None knew it better
than the priests of Rome. Pictures of the most
costly character were hung on its walls. The altar
drapery was of the best. White priests ministered
at the altar ; but schools were established for the
education of black priests and black nuns. They
call it St. Augustine. The name is good. The
blacks and whites bow down together before false
images and alike disobey God, and people call it
The Jesuits built St. Aloysius. In Washington
all regard Jesuitism with favor. St. Matthew s is
the home of diplomats. The great find there a wel
come, and bow down to graven images. England
disgraces herself and insults this country by sending
a Roman Catholic as Minister to our Government ;
while she attempts to throttle the serpent seeking
her life at home.
St. Patrick, on G and 10th Streets ; Holy Trin
ity, Georgetown ; Immaculate Conception, N and
8th Streets ; St. Aloysius for the Jesuits, St. Augus
tine for the exclusive use of colored people ; St.
Dominic, E and 6th Streets ; St. Joseph s ; St. Math-
ew s, Nand 15th Streets; St. Paul s, 15th and V;
St. Peter s on Capitol Hill ; St. Stephen s, Pennsyl
vania Ave. and 25th Street ; St. Teresa s Anacosta ;
Visitation Convent Chapel, Tenallytown ; St. Ann s,
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attended from Georgetown College. The descend
ants of Luther and Calvin came to America to have
a church without a Pope, where they made a govern
ment without a throne. Will they fail?
That question must be answered by this generation.
The conduct of the American people to-day is shap
ing the destiny of the nation s future. In the past,
Eome has asked permission to exist. This request
it was American to grant. To-day she demands the
right to rule. This it will be American to repress.
THE HOSPITALS UNDER ROMISH CONTROL.
In one way or another Rome pushes her way to
seats of power and influence. Is it because Protes
tants are too modest, or too indifferent, to resist ? The
Romish Priest is in the workhouse caring for paupers
because Protestant ministers neglect to do it. He
gets a chaplaincy in the prison and jail for the
same reason. It is come to be believed that Roman
Catholics are adapted to care for our eleemosynary
institutions ; such as hospitals, houses of refuge,
orphan asylums and institutions of kindred character,
as are not Protestants. Let us not find fault with
Romanists for doing what Protestants neglect to do.
Nothing could be more unfair or unwise. Let us not
give over to Romanists work that we ought to do our
selves. It is a surprising fact, that every hospital in
Washington is in the hands of Roman Catholics
with one exception, and that has the treasurer and
three members of the Board, Roman Catholics ; that
Sisters of Charity are the nurses ; and that American
citizens are compelled to see these representatives of
a faith utterly distasteful to the majority enthroned
As a rule, American citizens do not like the head
gear of the " Sisters." " Why can t they take off
those white-winged sun-bonnets in the ward?"
asked one poor fellow, reared in a Protestant home,
and yet sick in a hospital. " Sun-bonnets ! " sneered
another of the irreverent critics; "they re a cross
between a white sun-bonnet and a broken down
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umbrella; and there s no name that describes
This language describes the feeling of very many
in the hospitals in Washington. They do not like
the head-gear or the manners of the so-called
61 Sisters of Mercy." It is theory that there are no
nobler and no more heroic women than those found
in the Catholic sisterhoods. The fact explodes the
theory. They are like other women: some are
good, some are bad. Some kind, some cruel.
Rev. J. W. Parker, D.D., pastor, at one time, of
the E-Street Baptist Church, of Washington, D.C.,
related, that his own brother was in a Washington
hospital, and that nuns were the nurses. He desired
a drink of water in the night, and asked for it, and
overheard them say, "He is a heretic; let him
A friend in such a hospital, with nuns as nurses,
found herself in a constant worry, because she would
keep her New Testament by her side, and would have
her pastor visit her. The nuns did every disagree
able thing possible, until the minister told them that
if such conduct did not cease, it would be reported
at headquarters, and punishment would be demanded.
Another woman, who had been at one time a
Roman Catholic, and who had been converted to
Christianity, found herself in the hospital ministered
unto by the Sisters of Mercy. They brought to her
bedside a priest. She declined to see him. He per
sisted in coming. Her Protestant friends and the
minister were told that she had gone back to the
Church of Rome and that she did not wish them
more. They believed the story, and stayed away for
the time. They insisted on administering " extreme
unction," daubed her with oil and drenched her with
*Mary A. Livermore, in "The Story of the War," pp.
WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME. 89
holy water, leaving her to die. The minister forced
his way by the guards and got into the room.
" Why have you left me to the pitiless persecu
tions of these enemies of Christ ? "
" They told me you wished it ; that you had gone
back to the idols of Rome, and turned your back on
Christ." " It is a lie, a Popish lie ; I have asked for
you daily, I turned with loathing from their mummer
ies, but was compelled by weakness to endure this
oil and holy water. Take me out of here."
The woman was removed to a home of love, where
she was cared for. Why is such cruelty tolerated ?
Clarence was the brother of the architect who su
pervised the construction of a large addition to the most
important public building in Washington. Clarence
had won the heart of a daughter of a member of Lin
coln s Cabinet. Her sister was married to an eminent
lawyer, who was afterward a member of Garfield s
Cabinet. The lady insisted upon a reformation of
life, and his taking up and following some honest occu
pation. He accepted a position under his brother,
but soon fell into his former ways. Worn out with
a debauch which lasted several weeks, he entered the
Providence Hospital, which deserves to be styled
" The Drunkard s Retreat." Then he professed the
Roman Catholic religion, without a reformation of
life, and without giving up his cups even for a brief
period, and in that faith lived and died a drunkard,
and was buried in consecrated ground.
Another and a sadder scene. A lady, beautiful in
face and form, was upon her death-bed. The priest
came to administer extreme unction. He had, of
course, the room to himself, and while with the lady
alone, attempted an assault. She shrieked for help.
The daughter, despite the rules of the church, burst
into the room. " Turn the wretch out, " exclaimed
the mother, " and promise me, that come what will,
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you will never allow a priest to approach you, nor
have more to do with the Church of Rome. " The
promise was made. Years passed. The daughter
grew sick. Her friends were Roman Catholics. Her
money was gone. She was compelled to be minis
tered unto by a Roman Catholic nurse, and because
she would not suffer a priest to come and administer
extreme unction, and die in the faith of Rome, they
drew the bed from beneath her dying form, and left her
upon the bare slats to lie, until a Protestant friend,
now living in Washington, brought pillows and placed
beneath her and took her to her own house, where
she died. Then they would not let her rest, but dug
up her body, carried it to consecrated ground, and
boasted that she died in the Church of Rome.
Because such conduct is possible, Roman Catholic
surgeons oppose the employment of Protestant nurses
and declare they will not have them in the service,
and that only the Sisters " of the Catholic Church
shall receive appointments. "I sought," said Mrs.
M. A. Livermore, " for the cause of this decision."
" Your Protestant nurses are always finding some
mare s nest or other, " said one of the surgeons,
" < that they can t let alone. They all write for the
papers, and the story finds its way into print, and
directly we are in hot water. Now, these * sisters
never see anything they ought not to see, nor hear
anything, and they never write for the papers, and
the result is, we get along very comfortably with
them. It was futile to combat their prejudices, or to
attempt to show them that they lacked the power to
enforce their decisions."
Does not this explain why the * Sisters of Mercy "
are preferred in Washington ?
Here is a letter from a distinguished woman con
nected with a church of influence, and with societies
which would gladly do the needed work. She writes :
They drew the bed from beneath her dying form.
(See page 90.)
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"There is not a hospital in Washington where a
Christian can go and feel that he or she is not con
fronted by Roman Catholics. Columbia Hospital
for women, supported by Congress, has a drunken,
brutal, Roman Catholic surgeon in charge. Priests
are banqueted, and given full sway in the house ;
all the illegitimate children are christened by them,
and the influence of Rome pervades "every depart
ment. The hospital erected in memory of the
sainted Garfield is infested by them, because of the
idea, so prevalent, that Romanists are the only
people who can do charity work. Alas for human
ity, when such ideas prevail !"
Miss Mary A. Livermore, in her "Story of the
War," speaks of the persistent effort to fill hospitals
with "Sisters of Mercy," and exclude good, trained,
excellent Protestant nurses. They would not be
daunted or turned back. "Our husbands, sons and
brothers need us and want us. If the surgeons are
determined to employ Roman Catholic nurses, to the
exclusion of Protestant, we shall contend for our
rights, and appeal to the Secretary of War." They
carried the day, and filled the land with their forces.
Had the Protestant ladies of Washington manifested
equal courage and persistency, they could have held
control. The United States Hospitals got clear of
the head -gear of the nuns, and filled their places
with trained Protestant nurses.
On the tenth of June, 1861, Secretary Cameron
vested Dorothea Dix with sole power to appoint
women nurses in the hospitals. Secretary Stanton
succeeding him, ratified their appointment. Miss
Dix desired women over thirty years of age, plain
almost to repulsion in dress, and devoid of personal
attractions. Many of the women whom she rejected,
hecause they were tooyoungand too beautiful, entered
the service under other auspices and became eminently
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"There is not a hospital in Washington where a
Christian can go and feel that he or she is not con
fronted by Koman Catholics. Columbia Hospital
for women, supported by Congress, has a drunken,
brutal, Roman Catholic surgeon in charge. Priests
are banqueted, and given full sway in the house ;
all the illegitimate children are christened by them,
and the influence of Rome pervades every depart
ment. The hospital erected in memory of the
sainted Garfield is infested by them, because of the
idea, so prevalent, that Romanists are the only
people who can do charity work. Alas for human
ity, when such ideas prevail !"
Miss Mary A. Livermore, in her " Story of the
War," speaks of the persistent effort to fill hospitals
with "Sisters of Mercy," and exclude good, trained,
excellent Protestant nurses. They would not be
daunted or turned back. "Our husbands, sons and
brothers need us and want us. If the surgeons are
determined to employ Roman Catholic nurses, to the
exclusion of Protestant, we shall contend for our
rights, and appeal to the Secretary of War." They
carried the day, and filled the land with their forces.
Had the Protestant ladies of Washington manifested
equal courage and persistency, they could have held
control. The United States Hospitals got clear of
the head -gear of the nuns, and filled their places
with trained Protestant nurses.
On the tenth of June, 1861, Secretary Cameron
vested Dorothea Dix with sole power to appoint
women nurses in the hospitals. Secretary Stanton
succeeding him, ratified their appointment. Miss
Dix desired women over thirty years of age, plain
almost to repulsion in dress, and devoid of personal
attractions. Many of the women whom she rejected,
because they were too young and too beautiful, entered
the service under other auspices and became eminently
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with her work of relief. To their honor, be it said,
the " boys" reciprocated her affection most heartily.
"That homely figure, clad in calico, wrapped in a
shawl, and surmounted with a * shaker bonnet, is
more to this army than the Madonna to a Catholic,"
said an officer, pointing to her as she emerged from the
Sanitary Commission headquarters, laden with sup
Mary A. Bickerdyke was born in Knox County,
Ohio, July 19, 1817. She came of Revolutionary
ancestors, and was never happier than when recount
ing the stories told her when a child by the grand
father who served with Washington during the seven
years struggle. Her husband died two years before
the breaking out of the war. She was living in Gales-
burgh, 111., and was a member of the Congregational
Church when the war broke out. Hardly had the
the troops reached Cairo, when, from the sudden
change in their habits, sickness broke out, and the
ladies sent down Mother Bickerdyke. After the bat
tle of Belmont she was appointed matron of the large
post hospital at Cairo. The surgeon was given to
drunkenness ; he had filled all the positions in the
hospitals with surgeons and officers of his sort, and
bacchanalial carousals in the " doctor s room " were of
frequent occurrence. "Sisters of Mercy" in that
hospital would have been quiet. Soldiers might suf
fer. Officers and surgeons might drink to drunken
ness, especially if they were Roman Catholics ; but they
would be mute and unobserving. They are this way
in the hospitals in Washington, where drunken sur
geons revel, priests christen their illegitimate child
ren, while Government supports the concern, and all
goes merry as a marriage bell.
Not so with Mother Bickerdyke. In twenty-four
hours surgeon and matron were at swords points.
She denounced him to his face ; and when the gar-
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ments and delicacies sent her for the use of the sick and
wounded disappeared mysteriously, she charged their
theft upon him and his subordinates.
He ordered her out of the hospital, and threatened
to put her out, if she did not hasten her departure.
She replied that she would stay as long as the men
needed her, that if he put her out of one door she
should come in at another. WJien anybody left, it ivould
be he, and not she. She told him she had lodged
complaints against him at headquarters. Finding a
ward-master dressed in the shirt, slippers and socks
that had been sent her for the sick, she seized him
by the collar in his own ward, and disrobed him "saws
ceremonie" before the patients. Leaving him nude,
save his pantaloons, she uttered the parting injunction,
"Now, you rascal, let s see what you ll steal next."
To ascertain who were the thieves of the food
she prepared, she put tartar emetic in the peaches
left on the table to cool. Then she went to her own
room to await results. She did not have to wait
long. Soon the sounds from the terribly sick thieves
reached her ears, when, like a Nemesis, she stalked
in among them. There they were, cooks, table-
waiters, stewards, ward-masters, all, save some
of the surgeons suffering terribly from the emetic ;
but more from the apprehension that they were
"Peaches don t seem to agree with you, eh?" she
said, looking at the pale, retching, groaning fellows,
with a sardonic smile. "Well, let me tell you, that
you will have a worse time than this, if you keep
on stealing. You may eat something seasoned with
rat-bane one of these nights." Colonel Grant was
then in command. The thieves were returned to the
regiments, honest men were substituted in their
places, the drunken surgeon was removed, and one
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of the noblest of men was put in charge. That is
the value of having an honest Christian woman."
" I never saw anybody like her," said a volunteer
surgeon who came on the boat with her after the
battle of Fort Donelson ; < there was really nothing
for us surgeons to do but dress wounds and adminis
ter medicines. She drew out clean shirts or drawers
from some corner whenever they were needed.
Nourishment was ready for any man, as soon as he
was brought on board. Every one was sponged from
blood and the frozen mire of the battle-field, as far as
his condition allowed. His blood-stiffened, and some
times horribly filthy uniform, was exchanged for
soft, clean, hospital garments. Incessant cries of
* Mother ! Mother ! Mother ! rang through the
boat in every note of beseeching and anguish. And
to every man she turned with a heavenly tenderness,
as if he were indeed her son." (pp. 484).
Next we see her at Savannah, Tenn., among the
sick and perishing. One of the surgeons went to
the rear with a wounded man, and found her wrapped
in the gray overcoat of a rebel officer ; for she had
disposed of her blanket shawl to some poor fellow
who needed it. She was wearing a soft, slouch hat,
having lost her inevitable Shaker bonnet.
" Madam, you seem to combine in yourself a sick-
diet kitchen and a medical staff. May I enquire
under whose authority you are working?"
Without pausing in her work, she answered him,
< * I have received my authority from the Lord God
Almighty ; have you anything that ranks higher than
that ? " and went on with her work without looking up.
Later on, at Memphis, she found a medical direc
tor who was a Catholic, who nattmilly gave preference
to the Sisters of Mercy as nurses. He disapproved of
nearly everything Mother Bickerdyke did, and tried to
get rid of her. He abused her, thwarted her, and
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sought to dismiss her attendants and assistants.
Through the storm she went to the General, got an
order in her favor, and then told the director : " Its
no use, for you to try and tie me up with your red
tape. There s too much to be done down here to
stop for that. And doctor, I guess you hadn t bet
ter get into a row with me ; for whenever anybody
does, one of us always goes to the wall, and taint
never me!" They became the best of friends, and
Protestant nurses came to be rated in accordance
with their value. A drunken surgeon hindered her
work ; she got him discharged. Officers of the
highest rank believed in her, and cheerfully granted
her request. The surgeon went to General Sherman
and asked to be reinstated. "Who put you out?"
An old meddlesome woman by the name of Bicker-
dyke." "Ah! Mother Bickerdyke ! If she put
you out, you must stay out ; for she ranks me."
At Chattanooga her life reads like a romance. We
cannot describe her versatility of talent and genius
displayed in saving life. General Sherman had
issued orders forbidding agents of sanitary stores, or
agents of any description, to go over the road from
Nashville to Chattanooga. Mother Bickerdyke was
their only hope. She could influence Gen. Sherman
as could no other person. Her pass from Gen. Grant
would take her to Chattanooga, despite Gen. Sher
man s prohibition.
"Halloa! How did you get down here?" asked
one of the General s staff officers, as he saw her
enter Sherman s headquarters.
"Came clown in the cars, of course; there s no
other way of getting down here, that I know of,"
replied the matter-of-fact woman; "1 want to see
"He is in there, writing," said the officer, point-
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ing to an inner room ; "but I guess he won t see
" Guess he will ; " and she pushed into the apart
" Good morning General ; I want to speak to you
a moment. May I come in?"
" 1 should think you had got in," answered the
General, barely looking up, in great annoyance.
44 What s up, now?"
"Why, General," said the earnest matron, in a
perfect torrent of words, "we can t stand that last
order of yours, nohow. You ll have to change it,
"Well, I m busy to-day, and cannot attend to you.
I will see you some other time. " She saw the
smile in the corner of his mouth, and replied : " Gen
eral ! don t send me away until you fix this." He
fixed it, and for weeks all the sanitary stores sent from
Nashville to Chattanooga, and the forts of that road,
were sent, directly or indirectly, through this media
tion of Mother Bickerdyke.
This woman, distinguished for common sense, for
devotion to the soldiers, is left without employment,
and nuns that never saw a battle-field, and Sisters of
Charity that never had any sympathy with the sol
diers, are placed in charge of Government hospitals,
because Protestants are dumb when they ought to
speak, and blind when they ought to see.
This wonderful woman was for years without
recognition from the Government, and is now in the
pension office of San Francisco, when she belongs to
the best hospital position in the gift of the Govern
ment. As when Moses and Aaron appeared before
Pharaoh and used their wonder-working rod the
magicians imitated them, so when the white wings
of hospital tents were brightening the vision in
The body of a Grand Army man sold to the Surgeons.
(See page 99.)
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various portions of the land Rome saw her oppor
tunity and began her work in Washington.
The Providence General Hospital, corner of 2d and
D streets, is famed in Washington. It was erected in
the midst of the war.
Enter this hospital. Nuns have charge. The
patients, be they Protestant or Eoman Catholic, are
expected to attend service in accordance with the
forms of Rome. Proselyting is a business, and
when this is impossible, the patient suffers.
Capt. Amos Cliff was in the Pension Bureau. He
was sick. He carried to the hospital a watch and
money, and after paying his board for a week, died.
All his effects disappeared, as is the custom. The
Grand Army Relief Committee, at the head of which
is Capt. Frank A. Beuter, having learned of his
death, went with Capt, D. A. Denison to inquire for
him. Xo intelligence was furnished. He was a dead
soldier. They knew where to look for his remains.
His body was found in the Medical College, being cut-
up by the surgeons. The Grand Army boys took
the mutilated remnants of a brave soldier, and, pur
chasing a coffin, sent what was left of an honored
father to his friends. They who are so particular
about giving a Roman Catholic burial, surrendered
the body of a Grand Army soldier to the surgeon,
not caring what was done with it or where it went,
to a pauper s grave or a surgeon s table.
Imagine Mother Bickerdyke in such a position,
and how different would be the treatment received !
It is fashionable to bow down to Rome. All seem
aware that there are seven millions of Roman Catho
lics in this country. The many forget that there are
fifty millions who are not Roman Catholics, who have
some rights in this free land, which all are under
some obligation to respect. The Protestant element
waits for a leadership. American citizens should be
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jealous of their rights. They should be, not only
self-respecting, but self-asserting. God has planted,
preserved and grown this nation, not to bow down to
the worst despotism the world ever saw ; but to lift up
the enslaved, and cause them to read their possible des
tiny in the lines of promise written by God s providence
in the marvellous possibilities placed within their
reach. The Republic of the United States is to be
the educator of the world. American citizens must
keep this thought in mind, and so develop a higher
type of humanity, better hospital service, a broader
Christianity, and a nobler living than has hitherto
blessed the world.
THE JESUITS IN WASHINGTON AND ELSEWHERE.
How Rome crept into Washington has been
described. Stealthily, slowly, meekly, but surely,
she came ; and she came to stay. Long before the
Revolution Rome was here. Washington saw her,
and warned against her insidious influence. She
came among us in poverty of spirit and in the ashes
of humiliation. Anna Ella Carroll, of Maryland, a
descendant of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, recited
the story of Papal aggression, told of the holy con
fidence of the Pope, how the Jesuits determined "to
convert every house in America into a fort, and to
keep the gates open and the houses without defence."
Protestants came and went freely, their honor, piety
and loyalty to the Government was everywhere
highly esteemed ; and soon American Protestants
placed their children in their hands for safe-keeping ;
helped them build their churches and public institu
tions because of their avowed purpose to enjoy our
free institutions. They paraded in biblical plainness,
and shut up the mystery of their pages from all
sensitive readers. But while they wrote with a
crow-quill for American liberty, they were making
shoes to pinch the feet of the children whom they
seduced to enter their schools, colleges and convents.
They captivated women with little holy playthings,
sympathized with their weaknesses, and ministered
to their ills. They shut up the beautiful and
innocent to make vows for Papal Jesuitism in free
America. When they get the daughters, they want
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the sons, and in the name of liberty ask for the
children. Their Propaganda of Rome, of Lyons, of
France, of Vienna and Austria, build colleges, nun
neries and monasteries, in which they offer education
almost without money and without price, that they
may stifle the hopes of the youth entrusted to their
.Religious toleration has given welcome to a Jesuit
priesthood that is making a religion without God and
a state without liberty. They denounce the public
schools, curse the Bible, murder history, and maim
and mutilate literature. They teach American chil
dren, that all the founders of this Republic were
Papists ; that Washington, the father of his country,
died a Roman Catholic, and in his last moments, it
is asserted, confessed and communicated by the Rom
ish Bishop of Baltimore; and that the relations of this
great American patriot, fearing Americans would
repudiate their hero, desired the secret never to be
disclosed. The Romish community claim that they
know of this conversion, and the Washington who wan
ted none but " Americans on guard," is a candidate
for beatification by the Pope of Rome. Of course Col
umbus, the discoverer of America, was a Catholic. Laf
ayette, who came to our help, was brought here, it is
claimed, through the interposition of Bishop Carroll,
the Catholic, who in the interests of the Republic went
to France to plead our cause. The best Republi
cans, they teach, are all Romanists. The writers of
their school books exclude the history of distinguished
Protestants, and fill their pages with the biographies
of men and women who were loyal to Rome. This
Papal influence came seeking little by little ; it assum
ed, then boasted, and now denounces us. They say,
Out of the church is no salvation. The monk says,
Pray and read ; while he stalks forth as though he had
all America on a string of beads, carrying a pent-up
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fire to burn up the suspected and reviled intellects
which come near him.
Jesuitism was born in Spain, reared in France,
developed under Papal Rome, and diffused in the
United States of America. The Company of Jesus,
now in the United States, is great, powerful, and
oppressive. It is mysterious and demoniacal, defy
ing our science and weaving its malice over the
brightest hopes of the world.
To describe Jesuitism, that was regarded as too
foul and devilish to be borne even in Roman Catholic
countries, seems to be a duty. Founded in 1534,
and sanctioned by Pope Paul III. in 1540, it was
expelled from England, 1581; France, 1594; Por
tugal, 1598 ; England again, 1604 ; France again,
1606; Russia, 1717; Portugal again, 1759; France
again, 1762-3 ; Spain, 1767 ; Genoa, 1767 ; Venice
again, 1767; Sicily, 1767; Naples, 1768; Malta,
1768 ; Parma, 1768 ; all, with the exception of Eng
land and Russia, being strictly Roman Catholic
states. Eventually, the Order was suppressed by
Pope Clement XIV, in 1773 ; but continued to exist
under other names, and disguised under the title of
" Brothers of the Faith." It re-entered France, and
had there several colleges in its hands, which were
closed in 1828 ; some of them have since been re
opened, and within the last twenty years, the number
of persons belonging to the Order has been doubled.
The Society was re-established by Pope Pius VII. in
1814, and finds free scope to carry out its treasonable
designs under the American flag. Though it has
stifled free thought wherever it could, introducing as
their first injunction in all their schools, "Let no
one, even in matters which are of no danger to piety,
ever introduce a new question ; " though it persecuted
Galileo and oppressed Columbus ; yet this Jesuit
priesthood walks the soil of the Republic as a bene-
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factor and finds in presidents and congressmen will
ing subjects of its will.
Henry IV. of France admitted to Sally, that he
allowed the Jesuit priesthood to enter Catholic France
only because he feared them ! Philip II. of Spain,
said : The only Order of which I know nothing is the
Jesuit." This, interwoven with Popery, is the Roman
Catholic church of the United States. The federal
compact, formed by the New England colonies in
1643, to resist the Indians, was the first Union made
by the Anglo-Saxon upon our soil, and prepared
the way for their Declaration of Rights later on.
Jesuitism fought liberty amid its birth-throes. On
the 10th of June, a resolution was adopted by a bare
majority, and to obtain the unanimous sentiment of
all the colonies a postponement was made until July,
after securing the committee to draft the Declaration
of Independence. Difficulties like mountains towered
in the path of the Fathers. A spirit of opposition and
discord pervaded their councils. They were driven
to seek God s help. Congress paused to ask His
guidance and blessing ; and until He gave strength,
union seemed impossible. The Committee reported
on the twenty-eight of June, and on the 4th of July,
1776, by the final decision of Congress and the vote
of every colony, this Declaration was engrossed ;
when, on the second of August, all the members pres
ent, and some who became so after the fourth of July,
signed it in behalf of all the people. The bells then
pealed the advent of Independence. But Romanists
were then, as now, opposed to the upgoing structure.
The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union
between the thirteen original States were not ratified
until 1781, because the Roman Catholics of Mary
land opposed and refused to unite ; so steadfast has
ever been the opposition of the Romish priesthood
to our liberty.
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Attention has recently been turned to where the
Jesuits are at work and what they are doing.*
"In the Balkan Peninsula there are forty-five
Jesuit missionaries ; in Africa, and especially Egypt,
Madagascar, and the Zambesi region, 223 ; in Asia,
especially Armenia, Syria, and certain parts of
China, 699. In China alone the number is 195 all
of French nationality. In Oceanica, including the
Philippines, the Malay Archipelago, Australia, and
New Zealand, the number is 270 ; in America, in
cluding certain specified States of the Union, por
tions of Canada, -British Honduras, Brazil and Peru,
1,130; the total number of Jesuits scattered over
the Globe, in purely missionary work, being 2,377.
These are of various nationalities : but the vast
majority are French. In the distribution great
attention is paid to nationality ; thus in Illyria, Dal-
matia, and Albania, they are all Venetians ; in Con
stantinople and Syria, Sicilians ; in Africa, Asia
Minor and China, French ; while no French Jes
uits are to be found in any part of the American
Continent. In the Bombay and Bengal Presidencies,
they are Germans and Belgiums, respectively ; in
the Philippines, Spanish ; in the Malay Archipel
ago, Dutch ; in Eastern Australia and New Zealand,
Irish ; in the United States, Germans, Neapolitans,
and Piedmontese, are found working in specified and
distinct districts ; those laboring among the Indians
of Canada are Canadians ; in the British West India
Colonies, they are English; in Central America,
Spaniards ; in South America, Italians, Spaniards
and Germans, the Italians and Germans having all
Brazil to themselves, doubtless because of the
enormous Italian and German immigration to Brazil.
It will be understood that the spheres of labor of the
different orders, are carefully laid down at Rome."
* Etudes Religeuse,
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During the war, Washington saw the peril.
While the American Eevolution was progressing,
our Continental Congress forbade any but her native
sons to be employed in the foreign service of the
country. Said George Washington : "You are not
to enlist any person suspected of being an enemy to
the liberty of America." One hundred chosen men
were to be enrolled to form a corps to be instructed in
the manoeuvres necessary to be introduced into the
army, and serve as models for the execution of them.
"They must be American-born. " "Put none but
Americans on guard " came, because of the fear of
foreign influence. "I do most devoutly wish that
we had not a single foreigner amongst us, except
the Marquis de Lafayette." Thomas Jefferson
recommended to the Postmaster General "to employ
no foreigner, or revolutionary tory, in any of his
offices." This was in the olden time. Notwith
standing this,- concession followed concession, until
the offices of the land were filled with foreigners,
and American-born citizens were at a discount.
Said Archbishop Hughes : "Irishmen in America are
learning to bide their time. Year by year the Irish
are becoming more and more powerful in America.
At length the propitious time will come some
accidental, sudden collision, and a Presidential
campaign at hand. We will then use the very profli
gacy of our politicians for our purposes. They will
want to buy the Irish vote, and we will tell them
ho\v they can buy it, in a lump, from Maine to
At present, Washington is in the toils of Rome.
The serpent has entwined its folds about the Capitol,
and all who would have honor, peace or promotion
*Letter to Governor Morris, White Plains, July 24, 1778, by
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must bend the neck. It was in 1855 a writer
declared, that the National Administration was in
the hands of a foreign, Roman-Catholic hierarchy.
The Postmaster General was an Irish Roman Cath
olic at the dictation of the Pope of Rome, to obtain
direct access to the postal concerns and dearest
rights of the American people."
In the State Department at Washington, not only
a majority of the subordinates were foreign Roman
Catholics, but they occupied the most important
posts in the trust and confidence of the American
Government. "Are you a Roman Catholic
foreigner?" is the question put to the applicant,
and, if answered in the affirmative, the sons of Revo
lutionary officers, who gave their houses to the
flames and their bodies to the bayonet, are indecently
thrust aside. Our naturalization laws are evaded
criminals and paupers vote down Americans at the
ballot-box. Public and free schools are antagonized,
the Bible driven out, expelled and burned. The
police of our large cities are largely foreigners ; while
at one time thirty-nine on the police force of New
York were branded as criminals from the prisons of
Europe. These are the hordes which rush to our
shores for democratic liberty, and have imposed
upon them by the Jesuit masters the obligation to
go armed to the ballot-box, and vote for Rome at
the dictation of the Pope, and against liberty -
against the public school, and the best interests of
their adopted country.
At least four-fifths of these aliens come to our
shores to escape the persecution of the Papal despots
at home, and to find refreshment in pastures green
beyond the sea. These fill our poor-houses, our jails,
prisons, and lunatic asylums ; and why not ? Jail birds
are promised liberty if they will emigrate to America.
In 1837 the Mayor of Baltimore detected a shipload
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of 260 persons, at Fort McHenry, who as criminals
were brought into port in irons. The Mayor remon
strated, and asked Martin Van Buren to order them
back ; but he replied, that there was no power to pre
vent their landing, and so these miserable wretches
were permitted to join the party that flattered the
Rebellion and attempted to break up the union of
States by breaking up the union of hearts. Through
out Germany, as throughout Ireland, agents in the
pay of steamship lines, who desired freight, advised
the maimed, deformed, and crippled to take passage
to Baltimore, New Orleans and Quebec, instead of
New York, because in those places no laws exist to
prevent their landing. Father Chiniquy relates, in
his " Fifty Years in the Church of Rome," these
facts (pp 668-687) :
" It was in the spring of 1852, a large assembly,
composed principally of priests, met at Buffalo, to
confer with D Arcy McGee, then editor of the free
man s Journal, in regard to peopling the prairies of
the West with Irish Roman Catholics. He published
several able articles to show that the Irish people,
with very few exceptions, were demoralized,
degraded, and kept poor, around their groggeries,
and showed how they would thrive, become respect
able and rich, if they could be induced to exchange
their grog-shops for the fertile lands of the West.
A large assembly gathered. Great was the disap
pointment of D Arcy McGee when he saw that the
greatest part of those priests were sent by the bishops
of the United States to oppose and defeat his
"He vainly spoke, with burning eloquence, for his
pet scheme. The majority coldly answered him:
We are determined, like you, to take possession
of the United States, and rule them ; but we cannot
do that without acting secretly, and with the utmost
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wisdom. If our plans are known, they will surely
be defeated. What does a skillful general do when
he wants to conquer a country ? Does he scatter his
soldiers over the farm-lands, arid spend their time
and energy in ploughing the fields and sowing grain.
No ! He~ keeps them well united around his banners,
and marches at their head to the conquest of the
strongholds, the rich and powerful cities. The farm
ing countries then submit, and become the price of
his victory, without moving a finger to subdue them.
So it is with us. Silently and patiently, we must
mass our Roman Catholics in the great cities of the
United States, remembering that the vote of a poor
journeyman, though he be covered with rags, has as
much weight in the scale of power as the Millionaire
Astor, and if we have two votes against his one,
he will become as powerless as an oyster. Let us
then multiply our votes ; let us call our poor but
faithful Irish Catholics from every corner of the
world, and gather them into the very hearts of those
proud citadels which the Yankees are so rapidly
building under the names of Washington, New York,
Boston, Chicago, Buffalo, Albany, Troy, Cinncinnati,
St. Louis, Kansas City, San Francisco, etc. Under
the shadows of those great cities, the Americans con
sider themselves as a giant and unconquerable race.
They look upon the poor Irish Catholic people with
supreme contempt, as only fit to dig their canals,
sweep their streets, and work in their kitchens. Let
no one awake those sleeping lions, to-day. Let us
pray God that they may sleep and dream their
sweet dreams a few years more. How sad will be
their awakening, when, with outnumbering votes, we
will turn them out forever from every position of
honor, power and profit ! What will those hypocrit
ical and godless sons and daughters of the fanatical
Pilgrim Fathers say, when not a single judge, not a
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single teacher, not a single policeman will be elected
if he be not a devoted Roman Catholic ? What will
those so-called giants think of our matchless shrewd
ness and ability, when not a single senator or member
of Congress will be chosen, if he be not submitted to
our holy father the Pope ? What a sad figure those
Protestant Yankees will cut when we will not only
elect the President, but fill and command the armies,
man the navies, and hold the keys of the public
treasury ! It will then be time for our faithful Irish
people to give up their grog-shops, in order to
become the judges and governors of the land.
Then our poor and humble mechanics will leave their
damp ditches and muddy streets, to rule the cities in
all their departments, from the stately mansion of
Mayor of New York, to the humble, though not less
noble, position of teacher.
Then, yes ! then, we will rule the United States,
and lay them at the feet of the Vicar of Jesus Christ,
that he may put an end to their godless system of
education, and sweep away those impious laws of
liberty of conscience, which are an insult to God and
man ! D Arcy McGee was left almost alone when
the votes were taken. From that time the Catholic
bishops and priests have gathered their legions into
the great cities of the United States, and the Amer
ican people must be blind indeed, if they do not see
that, if they do nothing to prevent it, the day is very
near when the Jesuits will rule this country, from
the magnificent White House at Washington, to the
humblest civil and military department of this vast
Republic. They are already the masters of New
York, Baltimore, Chicago, St. Paul, New Orleans,
Mobile, Savannah, Cincinnati, Albany, Troy, Buf
falo, Cleveland, Milwaukee, St. Louis, San Fran
cisco. Yes ! San Francisco, the great queen of the
Pacific, is in the hands of the Jesuits.
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"From the very first days of the discovery of
the gold mines of California, the Jesuits had the
hope of becoming masters of these inexhaustible
treasures, and they secretly laid their plans with the
most profound ability and success. They saw at
once that the great majority of the lucky miners, of
every creed and nation, were going back home as
soon as they had enough to secure an honorable
competence to their families. The Jesuits saw at a
glance that if they could persuade the Irish Catho
lics to settle and remain there, they would soon be
masters and rulers of that Golden City, whose future
is so bright, so great ! And the scheme, worked day
and night with the utmost perseverance, has been
crowned with perfect success. The consequence is,
that while you find only a few American, German,
Scotch and English millionaires in San Fransisco,
you find more than fifty Irish Catholic millionaires in
that city. Its richest bank (Nevada Bank) is in
their hands, and so are all the street railways. The
principal offices of the city are filled with Irish Ro
man Catholics. Almost all the police are composed
of the same class, as well as the volunteer military
organizations. Their compact unity in the hands
of the Jesuits, with their enormous wealth, make
them almost supreme masters of the mines of Cali
fornia and Nevada.
When one knows the absolute, abject submission
of the Irish Roman Catholics, rich or poor, to their
priests, how the mind, the soul, the will, the con
science, are firmly and irrevocably tied to the feet of
the priests, he can easily understand that the
Jesuits of the United States form one of the richest
and most powerful corporations the world ever saw.
"It is well known that fifty Catholic millionaires,
with their myriads of employees, are, through their
wives and by themselves, continually at the feet of
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the Jesuits, who swim in a golden sea." No one,
if he be not a Eoman Catholic, or one of those
so-called Protestants who give their daughters to
the nuns and their sons to the Jesuits to be edu
cated, has much hope, when the Jesuits rule, of
having a lucrative office in the United States, to-day.
It is to San Francisco that you must go to have an
idea of the number of secret and powerful organiza
tions with which the Church of Rome prepares
herself for the impending conflict, through which
she hopes to destroy the schools, and every vestige
of human rights and liberties in the United States.
Washington is the nerve-centre of the organism.
Baltimore is the city in which the machinery of
Rome lies concealed. If it is true that from this
centre the war was planned to disrupt the Union,
it ought to be known.
The Jesuits are a military organization, not a
religious order. Their chief is a general of an army,
not the mere father-abbot of a monastery. And the
aim of this organization is Power power in the
most despotic exercise ; absolute power, universal
power, power to control the world by the volition
of a single man. Jesuitism is the most absolute of
despotisms, and at the same time, the greatest and
the most enormous of abuses. The General of the
Jesuits insists on being master, sovereign over the
sovereign. Wherever the Jesuits are admitted they
will be masters, cost what it may. Their Society is
by nature dictatorial ; and, therefore, it is the
irreconcilable enemy of all constituted authority.
Every act, every crime, however atrocious, is a
meritorious work, if committed for the interest of
the Society of the Jesuits, or by the order of its
In the allocution of September, 1851, Pius IX.
said : " That he had taken this principle for a basis,
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That the Catholic religion, with all its votes, ought to
be exclusively dominant in such sort, so that every oilier
worship shall be banished and interdicted." "You
ask, if the Pope were lord of this land and you were
in a minority, what he would do to you? That, we
say, would entirely depend upon circumstances. If
it would benefit the cause of Catholicism, he would
tolerate you ; if expedient, he would imprison or
banish you, probably he might hang you. But be
assured of one thing, he would never tolerate you
for the sake of your glorious principles of civil and
The Rambler, one of the most prominent Catholic
papers of England, Sept. 1851, says : " Without Ro-
manism, the last awful civil Avar would have been im
possible. The South would never have dared attack
the North, had they not had the assurance from the
Pope that the Jesuits, the bishops, the priests, and the
Avhole people of the Church of Rome would help
them. Because of this, the Roman Catholic Beaure-
guard was chosen to fire the first gun at Sumter.
The Pope of Rome was the only crowned prince in
the whole world who recognized the Southern Con
federacy, and the pirate ship Alabama was com
manded by Admiral Semmes, a Roman Catholic.
Rome has not changed. The enemy of liberty before
the war, it seems inexplicable that the defenders of
liberty, and the victorious champions of freedom,
should so far forget history, and so utterly ignore
the rights of the Republic, as to play into the hands
of Rome, the eternal foe of the principles embodied
in the Republic.
"Another fact, to which the American Protestants
do not sufficiently pay attention is, that the Jesuits
have been shrewd enough to have a vast majority of
Roman Catholic generals and officers to command
the army and man the navy of the United States."
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" Rome is a constant conspiracy against the rights
and liberties of man all over the world ; but she is
particularly so in the United States. The laws of
the church of Rome are in absolute antagonism to
the laws and principles which are the foundation-
stones of the Constitution of the United States."
The United States affirm the equality of all citi
zens before the law. Rome denies it. Liberty of
conscience is proclaimed by the United States.
Rome declares it to be a godless, unholy, and dia
bolical thing. Separation of Church and State is an
American doctrine. Rome is for the union. The
State is but the annex. The church is all in all.
The Constitution of the United States fights per
secution for opinion s sake ; Rome champions it.
The United States seeks, through the public
school, to secure the education of all the children.
Rome curses the public schools, and seeks to sup
plant them with others in which Romanism shall be
The United States recognizes in the people the
primary source of civil power. Rome proclaims this
principle heretical and impious. She says that " all
government must rest upon the foundation of the
Catholic faith, with the Pope alone as the legitimate
and infallible source and interpreter of the law."
All this shows that Rome is the absolute and
irreconcilable foe of the United States. Being en
trenched in Washington and feared there, it is feared
throughout the Republic. Beaten there, its defeat
will not be difficult elsewhere.
ROMANISM THE ASSASSIN OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
THE charge that Romanism was the assassin of
Abraham Lincoln was first brought to the attention
of the American people by Rev. Charles Chiniquy
in his "Fifty Years in the Church of Rome." The
proofs are there. Rome has answered the charges in
the old way, by fire. Again and again have her
minions tried to destroy man, book, and plates by
burning the place where the book was printed and
stored. Over and over again they have tried to kill
the great apostle, but he still survives, and the light
he kindled is shedding its glad radiance upon the
In 1851 he removed with a colony to St. Anne,
Illinois, to begin the cultivating of the prairies of the
West with Roman Catholics. His experience there
was terribly sad. Born in Kamoraska, Canada,
July 30, 1809, converted to Christ by reading the
Scriptures when but a child, as a priest his life
shows that a pure man in the Church of Rome has a
hard time. No sooner had he begun his life in
Illinois than he found a dissolute priesthood in antag
onism to him and his work. They plotted against
his reputation, and charged him with crimes which,
if not disproved, would have incarcerated him in the
State penitentiary for life.
It was then he turned to Abraham Lincoln, who,
first as a lawyer and afterwards as a friend, served him
with matchless ability. Because of this, when Mr.
Lincoln became President of the United States, and
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was threatened by Romish priests with assassination,
Father Chiniquy came to Washington to warn him of
his peril, and give him proof of a friendship that
through years remained unchanged. As an evidene of
their close intimacy turn back a little. We are in
Urbana, Illinois. Behold Abraham Lincoln as the
champion of the betrayed priest.
A priest had accused Father Chiniquy of assault
ing a woman, and had offered to give one of his dupes
a large sum for swearing to the charge. Twelve
men had proven the accuser to be a drunkard and a
disreputable man ; and yet it seemed impossible to
secure any testimony that would disprove the
Said Abraham Lincoln : " There is not the least
doubt in my mind that every word this priest has
said is a sworn lie ; but the jury think differently.
The only way to be sure of a verdict in your favor is,
that God Almighty would take our part and show
your innocence. Go to him and pray, for he alone
can save you."
All that night he spent in prayer ; at three o clock
in the morning he heard knocks at the door. On
opening it, he saw Abraham Lincoln with a face
beaming with joy. The story of the trial had been
published in the Chicago papers. His condemnation
Among those who bought the papers was a man
named Terrien. He read the story to his wife. She
was much affected, and declared that it was a plot
against a true man, saying : " I was there when the
priest, Le Belle, promised his sister 160 acres of land
if she would swear to a false oath and accuse Chini
quy of a crime which he had not even thought of, with
"If it be so," said Terrien, " we must not allow
Father Chiniquy to be condemned. Come with me
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to Urbana." Being unwell, Mrs. Terrien said : "I
cannot go ; but Miss Philomene Moffat was with me
then, she knows every particular of the wicked plot
as well as I do. She is well, take her to Urbana."
This was done, and Father Chiniquy was saved.
The joy of his deliverance was mixed with sorrow,
because of what he feared his deliverance would cost
his friend. Tears ran down his face. " Why weep ? "
asked Abraham Lincoln. "Because," said Father
Chiniquy, "of what it may cost you." There were ten
or twelve Jesuits in the crowd who had come from Chi
cago and St. Louis to see me condemned to the peni
tentiary, but it is on their heads you have brought
the thunders of heaven and earth ; nothing can be
compared to the expression of their rage against you,
when you not only wrenched me from their cruel
hands,-but made the walls of the court-house tremble
under the awful and superhumanly eloquent denun
ciation of their infamy, diabolical malice, and total
want of Christian and humane principle in the plot
they had formed for my destruction. What troubles
my soul just now and draws my tears is, that it seems
to me I have read your sentence of death in their
bloody eyes. How many other noble victims have
fallen at their feet. He tried to divert my mind ;
then became more solemn, and said : < I know the
Jesuits never forget nor forsake. But man must not
care how or when he dies at the post of honor or
A few years pass. Abraham Lincoln is President
of the United States. On his way to Washington a
a Roman-Catholic plot to assassinate him was frus
trated by his passing incog, a few hours before they
expected him. In August, another plot was con
cocted ; which, coming to the ears of Father Chiniquy,
caused him to go to Washington. The story of his
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experience and the relation of what the President said
to him is of thrilling interest.
President Lincoln then told him : < We have the
proof that the company which had been selected
and organized to murder me was led by a rabid
Roman Catholic named Byrne ; it was almost entirely
composed of Roman Catholics. More than that,
there were two disguised priests among them to lead
and encourage them. Professor Morse, the learned
inventor of electric telegraphy, tells me that recently,
when he was in Rome, he found the proofs of a most
formidable conspiracy against this country and all its
institutions. It is evident that it is to the intrigues
and emissaries of the Pope we owe, in great part, the
horrible civil war which is threatening to cover the
country with blood and ruin."
Mr. Lincoln had been astonished by the statement
published in the Roman Catholic papers that tie had
been born into the Roman Catholic church and had
been baptized by a priest. They called him a rene
gade and an apostate on account of that, and heaped
upon his head mountains of abuse.
" At first," said Mr. Lincoln, " I laughed at that,
for it is a lie. Thanks be to God, I have never been a
Roman Catholic. No priest of Rome has ever had
his hand upon my head. But the persistency of the
Romish press to present this falsehood to their read
ers as a gospel truth must have a meaning. What
" It was this story," said Father Chiniquy, " that
brought me to Washington. It means your death.
It is told to excite the fanaticism of the Roman Catho
lics to murder you. In the church of Rome an apos
tate is an outcast who has no place in society and no
right to live. The Jesuits want the Roman Catholics
to believe that you are a monster, an enemy of God
and of his church ; that you are an excommunicated
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man. Gregory VII. decreed that the killing of an apos
tate is not murder, but a good Christian act. That
decree is incorporated in the canon law which every
priest must study, and which every good Catholic
must follow. My dear Mr. President, my fear is that
you will fall under the blows of a Jesuit assassin, if
you do not pay more attention than you have done
up to the present time to protect yourself. Remem
ber, because Coligny was a Protestant, he was
brutally murdered on St. Bartholomew s night ; that
Henry IV. was stabbed by the Jesuit assassin, Rev-
aillac, the 14th of May, 1610, for having given lib
erty of conscience to his people ; and that William,
Prince of Orange, the head of the Dutch Republic,
was stricken down July 10th, 1584, by Girard, the
fiendish embodiment of all that was crafty, bigoted,
and revengeful in Spanish Popery. The church of
Rome is absolutely the same to-day as she was then ;
she does believe and teach to-day as then, that it is
her duty to punish by death any heretic who is in her
way, or an obstacle to her designs.
" My blood chills in my veins when I contemplate
the day which may come, sooner or later, when Rome
will add to all her iniquities the murder of Abraham
" Yes," said Abraham Lincoln, " Professor Morse
has already opened mine eyes to this subject. He
has truly said: Popory is a political system ; des
potic in its organization, anti-democratic and anti-
republican, and cannot therefore exist with American
" The ratio of the increase of Popery is the exact
ratio of the decrease of civil liberty.
" The dominion of Popery in the United States is
the certain destruction of our free institutions."
"Popery, by its organization, is wholly under the
control of a foreign, despotic Sovereign." " Popery
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is a union of Church and State ; nor can Popery exist
in this country in that plenitude of power which
it claims as a divine right, and which in the very
nature of the system it must continually strive to
obtain, until such a union is consummated. Popery
is, therefore, destructive to our religious and civil
" Popery is more dangerous and more formidable
than any power in the United States, on the ground
that, through its despotic organization, it can con
centrate its efforts for any purpose with complete
effect ; and that organization being wholly under for
eign control, it can have no real sympathy with any
thing American. Popery does not acknowledge the
right of the people to govern, but claims for itself
the supreme right to govern people and rulers by
divine right. Popery does not tolerate the liberty
of the press. It takes advantage, indeed, of our
liberty of the press to use its own press against our
liberty ; but it proclaims in the thunders of the
Vatican, and with a voice which it pronounces
unchangeable, that it is a liberty never sufficiently
to be execrated and detested. It does not tolerate
liberty of conscience or liberty of opinion. They are
denounced by the Sovereign Pontiff as a most pesti
lential error, a pest of all others to be dreaded in the
State. It is not responsible to the people in its
financial matters. It taxes at will, and is accounta
ble to none but itself."*
These utterances were based on undisputed facts.
Abraham Lincoln believed them, hence he said : " If
the Protestants of the North and the South could
learn what the priests, nuns, and monks, who daily
land on our shores, under the pretext of preaching
their religion, were doing in our schools and hospitals,
*Foreign Conspiracy of the United States, by S. F. B. Morse,
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as emissaries of the Pope and the other despots of
Europe, to undermine our institutions and alienate
the hearts of our people from our Constitution and
our laws, and prepare a reign of anarchy here, as
they have done in Ireland, in Mexico, in Spain, and
wherever there are people that wish to be free, they
would unite in taking power out of their hands."
If Abraham Lincoln had said this to the American
people rather than to an individual, they would have
taken this power out of the hands of Rome, and
buried slavery and Romanism in a common grave.
It is now known that the conspirators against
liberty relied upon the support of Romanists in the
North and in the South. But when the echoes of
the guns of Sumter flew over the land, it called into
active life the slumbering patriotism of a great peo
ple ; the tide swept everything before it ; the people
would brook no opposition. Romish priests and
people bowed to the supremacy of the patriotic sen
timent. Flags were unfurled from church-spire and
from house-top. No Romish conspirator in the great
cities of the North dared show his hand ; the people
ran away from their priests ; their conduct was a
revelation. It showed to papal emissaries that a
people who had fled Europe because of despotism,
were not ready to betray liberty in America, the
land of the free. Hence Romanists who had enjoyed
the blessings of liberty enrolled themselves under the
star-spangled banner, and went trooping off to the
war* for the Union. Romish priests were taken by
surprise ; they bent before the swelling current.
Flags floated from cathedral spires and parish stee
ples until Rome was heard from, and then flags were
pulled down, lest their church should ignore its sacred
calling. They forgot that the Pope lived in Rome
because of the help, not of spiritual power, but of
the support of French bayonets ; that in St. Louis,
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Mo., when the great cathedral was dedicated, the
host was elevated to the music of belching" cannon,
flags were unfurled and lowered before the wafer-
God of Rome, and that soldiers with drawn swords
stood on each side of the high altar during service,
claiming that in Roman Catholic St. Louis, or in
Spain, the military is recognized as the right arm of
Romanism opposed the North because Romanism
is the foe of liberty. Romanism encouraged the
South because the corner-stone of the Southern
Confederacy rested upon human slavery. How the
colored people of the South or the North can forget
this and unite with the Roman Catholic church is a
mystery. It is the theory of Rome that the toilers
should be kept in ignorance. Gentlemen for the
palace and serfs for the field, is the spirit of Roman
ism, incarnated in every despotic government where
its power is supreme.
Louis Napoleon, the ally of Pius IX., expected to
build up in Mexico a Roman Catholic kingdom, and
unite it with the Southern States, and so establish a
Latin Empire in the new world.
The Emancipation Proclamation spoilt the pro
gramme. How strange, how inexplicable are events,
when studied in the light of an over-ruling Provi
dence ! For months, Abraham Lincoln had a vow
registered before Almighty God to issue the Emanci
pation Proclamation, and give freedom to the negro,
providing a victory was won at An tie tarn. The vic
tory came. But Wm. H. Seward and S. P. Chase
objected to the issuance of the Proclamation at a
time of general depression in military affairs. The
President waited until he could wait no longer. He
called a Cabinet meeting, read his paper, and de
clared his purpose to send it forth. Suggestions
were made. Some were received, some were re-
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jected. The Proclamation went forth, and winged
its way over the world. It reached France at the
time when Louis Napoleon had proposed, and was
about sending forth a letter recognizing the South
That morning the Proclamation of Liberty ap
peared. Paris was ablaze with excitement. Vivas
of liberty filled the air, and Napoleon, knowing that
a recognition of the Southern Confederacy was
impossible, Maximillian was surrendered to his fate,
and the dream of a monarchy in Mexico was ex
THE POPE HAD LESS SENSE.
Claiming that Abraham Lincoln was an apostate,
the plot was laid to destroy him. On Dec. 3rd,
1863, Pius IX. uncovered his hand and heart in his
letter to Jefferson Davis. That letter, after all that
Abraham Lincoln had borne and was bearing for the
brotherhood of man, was a severe sword-thrust at his
heart and hope.
Hear Pius IX. to Jefferson Davis :
" Illustrious and Honorable President : We have
just received, with all suitable welcome, the persons
sent by you to place in our hands your letter, dated
the 23rd of September last."
He then takes ground, not for liberty, not for the
deliverance of 4,000,000 bondsmen from the hell of
human slavery, but for peace ; which meant, building
up the Confederacy on slavery as a corner-stone.
He added these words:
" We, at the same time, beseech the God of mercy
and pity to shed abroad upon you the light of his
grace, and attach you to us by a perfect friendship,"
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" Given at Rome at St. Peter s, the 3rd day of De
cember, 1863, of our Pontificate, 18. Pius IX."
This letter came like a clap of thunderin a clear
sky. Let us keep a few dates in mind. The Eman
cipation Proclamation was issued Sept. 22, 1862.
This was followed by another, issued Jan. 1st,
1863, giving freedom to all slaves, and also that such
persons of suitable condition would be received into
the armed service of the United States, to garrison
forts, and man vessels of all sorts in said service.
And upon this, sincerely believed to be an act of
justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military
necessity, "I invoke the considerate judgment of
mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God."
Deliberately and ostentatiously, the Pope on the
December following recognizes the Southern Con
federacy, sides with despotism against liberty, and
takes under his protection the chief conspirator
against the Republic of the United States !
" Have you read the Pope s letter?" said Abra
ham Lincoln to Father Chiniquy, " and what do you
think of it?" (p. 701).
< < That letter is a poisoned arrow thrown by the
Pope at you personally, and it will be more than a
miracle if it be not your irrevocable death-warrant.
" That letter tells logically the Roman Catholics,
that you, Abraham Lincoln, are a bloody tyrant, a
most execrable being, when fighting against a gov
ernment which the infallible and holy Pope recog
nizes as legitimate."
In reply, Mr. Lincoln spoke with great feeling,
saying : " You confirm me in the views I had taken
of this letter of the Pope. Prof. Morse is of the
same mind with you. It is indeed the most perfidi
ous act which could occur under the present circum
stances. You are perfectly correct when you say
that it was designed to detach the Roman Catholics
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who had enrolled in our armies. Since the publica
tion of that letter, a great number have deserted
their banners and turned traitor ; very few compara
tively have remained true to their oath of fidelity."
There are some terrible facts hidden from the
people. " It is known that when Meade, a Roman
Catholic, was to order the pursuit of Lee, after the
battle of Gettysburg, a stranger came in haste to
head-quarters, and that stranger, said Mr. Lincoln,
was a distinguished Jesuit. After ten minutes con
versation with him, Meade made such arrangements
for the pursuit of the enemy that he escaped almost
untouched, with the loss of only two guns." (p. 702.)
" This letter of the Pope has changed the nature of
the war. Before they read it, Roman Catholics could
see that I was fighting against the Southern Confeder
acy, with Jefferson Davis at its head. But now they
must believe that it is against Christ and his holy
Vicar the Pope that I am raising my sacreligious
hands. We have daily proof that their indignation,
their hatred, their malice against me, are a hundred
fold intensified. New projects of assassination are
detected almost every day, accompanied with such
savage circumstances that they bring to my memory
the massacre of St. Bartholomew, and the gun-pow
der plot. We find on investigation, that they come
from the same masters in the art of murder, the
Then Mr. Lincoln declared that the New York
riots were a Popish plot, and that
was their instigator. When told by the President
that he would be held responsible if they were not
stopped, Archbishop Hughes faced the rioters,
addressed them as friends, and invited them to go back
home peacefully, and all was ended, after the most
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fiendish manifestations of hate, seen in the burning of
the Colored Orphan Asylum and the trampling out
of the lives of helpless children in their mad fury.
We will not recount the bloody deed, though in the
terrible treatment of John A. Kennedy and the mur
der of Col. O Brien and his mutilation, we are re
minded of the horrid barbarities inflicted upon Col-
igny in Paris, which shows that the spirit of Popery
THE TREACHERY OF ARCHBISHOP HUGHES
furnishes a terrible count in this indictment against
"I have," said Abraham Lincoln, "the proof
that Archbishop Hughes, whom I had sent to Rome
that he might induce the Pope to urge the Roman
Catholics of the North at least to be true to their oaths
of allegiance, and whom I thanked publicly when
under the impression that he had acted honestly, ac
cording to the promise he had given me, is the very
man who advised the Pope to recognize the legitimacy
of the Southern Confederacy, and put the weight
of his Tiara in the balance against us and in favor of
our enemies. Such is the perfidy of Jesuits" (p. 70-4) .
Two cankers are biting the very entrails of the
United States, the Romish and the Mormon
priests. Both are aiming at the destruction of our
schools, to raise themselves upon their ruins. Both
shelter themselves under our grand and holy princi
ples of liberty of conscience, to destroy that very
liberty of conscience. The more dangerous of the
two is the Jesuit priest, for he knows better how to
conceal his hatred, under the mask of friendship and
public good. He is better trained to commit the
most cruel and diabolical deeds for the glory of God.
Abraham Lincoln had learned much, and unlearned
much more. He declared himself to be
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NOT IN FAVOR OF UNLIMITED TOLERATION
of Roman Catholics. " Once I was ; now, it seems
to me, that, sooner or later, the people will be forced
to put a restriction to that clause of unlimited toler
ation toward Papists." " I am for liberty of con
science in its truest, noblest, broadest, highest sense.
But I cannot give liberty of conscience to the Pope
and his followers the Papists, so long as they tell
me, through their councils, theologians, and canon
laws, that their conscience orders them to burn my
wife, strangle my children, and cut my throat when
they find an opportunity" (p. 705).
" This does not seem to be understood by the peo
ple," continued Mr. Lincoln. " Sooner or later, the
light of common sense will make it clear to everyone,
that no liberty of conscience can be granted to men,
who are sworn to obey a Pope who pretends to
have the right to put to death those who differ from
him in religion " (p. 706).
OUGHT ROMANISTS TO BE ALLOWED TO VOTE?
is beginning to be discussed. Father Hecker says :
" The Roman Catholic is to wield his vote for the
purpose of securing Catholic ascendency in this coun
try." They vote as servants of the Pope, not as
It was stated by Pius IX : " The Catholic religion,
with all its votes, ought to be exclusively dominant
in such sort that every other worship be banished
We are putting into hands those potential ballots
which will be, and are being, used against liberty.
A theocracy controls them against which there is no
protection. Emile DeLaveleye, the celebrated Belgian
Liberal, has shown that an extended suffrage gives
unlimited power to Rome in all those countries where
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her religion is the religion of the large mass of the
people, and Gambetta s last letter contained this :
"Do not adopt universal suffrage in your country ; it
will put you under the yoke of the clergy."
SAID ABRAHAM LINCOLN :
"From the beginning of the war, there has been,
not a secret, but a public alliance between the Pope
of Eome and Jeff. Davis, and that alliance has followed
the common laws of the world s affairs. The greater
has led the smaller ; the stronger has guided the
weaker. The Pope and his Jesuits have advised and
directed Jeff. Davis on the land, from the first shot
at Fort Sumter, by the rabid Roman Catholic Beaure-
gard. They were helping him on the sea, by guiding
and supporting the other rabid Roman Catholic,
THE THOUGHT OF ASSASSINATION
was ever present. Warnings came to him from
friends in America, and beyond the Sea. Secretary
Stanton placed guards about him, at the Soldier s
Home and at the White House. The President
did not believe that these could secure him from
harm. He lived with Christ and for men, and went
on. Opening his Bible to Deut. 3 : 22-28, the words
made a profound impression upon his mind: "Ye
shall not fear them ; for the Lord your God shall
fight for you." Then came the assurance that he was
not to pass into the Canaan of peace. "Get thee up
unto the top of Pisgah ; look abroad ; see the land
and rest : for thou shalt not &o over this Jordan."
His drawing near to God did him good. It is what
we are, not what we profess, that tells the story. As
Abraham Lincoln drew near to God, the people drew
near to him. No longer was he called the horrid names
which once characterized the opposition press. The
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God in him was conquering the devil about him.
Each morning he gave a certain hour to reading the
Scriptures and prayer, and came forth from his room
ready for duty, with that light shining in his face
which glorified Moses as he came down from the
mount. This, while it made him friends with the
soldiers and the people, maddened the Romanists.
In the light of what was to come so soon, we delight
to go back and read statements like the following :
" When little Willie Lincoln died, the mind of the
bereaved father was deeply affected by the thoughts
of death. It was during the battle of Gettysburg
that he shut himself up with God, and then such a
sense of the presence of God and of his own un wor
thiness came to him and took possession of his soul,
as to overwhelm him. From that day he dated his
entrance into a new life. A Christian friend delighted
to relate how, in the carriage, Mr. Lincoln begged
the visitor to describe as clearly as possible what
was the peculiar evidence which one might rely upon
as assurance that he had become a Christian."
The simple story, as furnished by John, was
repeated. It was explained, that when a poor sinner,
conscious that he could not save himself, looked to
Jesus Christ, saw in his death a full atonement for
the sinner s sin, and believed that Christ s death was
accepted as a substitute for the sinner s death, he
felt himself to have been delivered from the Divine
wrath, and to be at peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ." The President, in a tone of
satisfaction, said : " That is just the way I feel." All
this paved the way for what was to come. The war
was over," The soldiers of the Confederacy were
going to rebuild their homes and to re-cultivate their
fields, with blessings instead of cursings following
them. Soup-houses had been placed for the starving
at the base of nag-stafls, where the stars and bars
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had usurped the place belonging to the flag which
is the ensign of hope for all lands and climes.
Friday, the 14th of April, 1865, had come. It
was a day memorable in many ways. On this day,
Beauregard had fired on Sumter. On this day,
General Anderson, amid the thunder of cannon and
the cheers of loyal hearts, had again raised the flag
over the ruins of Sumter.
HIS LAST DAY ON EARTH
is noteworthy. He had written to a friend that he
was going to use precaution. He had said: "The
Jesuits are so expert in their deeds of blood, that
Henry IV. said it was impossible to escape them,
and he became their victim, though he did all he
could to protect himself. My escape from their
hands, since the letter of the Pope to Jeff. Davis has
sharpened a million of daggers, is more than a
He breakfasts with his son, Captain Robert 8.
Lincoln, who was on General Grant s staff, having just
returned from the capitulation of Lee, and the Presi
dent passed a happy hour listening to all the details.
At eleven o clock he attended his last cabinet-meet
ing. When it was adjourned, Secretary Stanton said
he felt that the Government was stronger than at any
previous period since the Rebellion commenced ; and
the President is said, in his characteristic way,
to have told them that some important news would
soon come, as he had a dream of a ship sailing very
rapidly, and had invariably had that same dream
before great events in the war, Bull Run, Antietam,
AVOLVES GO IN PACKS, AS DO SINS.
THE invitation for President and Mrs. Lincoln,
General and Mrs. Grant, Speaker Colfax and wife,
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to attend the theatre, is now known to have been a
part of the plot. Lincoln, not because he loved the
theatre or cared for the play, but to please the people
and obtain needed rest, yielded to the persuasion of
his wife, and to the sentiment which rules very largely
the crowned heads of Europe, when the king
goes to his box in the theatre that the people might see
him and that he might see the people. General Grant
did not go, nor did Mr. Colfax, and other invited
guests. Lincoln was disappointed ; rode around with
his wife and invited Colonel Rathbun and his wife to
seats with them : they accepted the invitation and
saw the horrid deed performed.
The box of the theatre was made ready for his
assassination. John Wilkes Booth, an illegitimate
son of his father, had been boasting for days in
drunken moods of what he was to do. He had united
with the Roman Catholic Church, though he was
drinking to excess and plotting the murder of
America s noblest citizen, with Roman Catholic
priests, who instructed him and inducted him into the
Church, and promised him protection and support in
his nefarious crime.
In the book of testimonies given in the prosecution
of the assassins of Lincoln, published by Ben Pitman,
and in the two volumes of the trial of John Surra tt,
1867, we have the legal and irrefutable proof that
Rome directed the movements of Booth ; that the plot
was matured in the house of Mary Surratt, 561 H
Street, Washington, D. C. ; that Father Lehiman, a
priest, made her house his home ; that Father Wiget
and other priests were constantly going in and out :
and that all the details of the conspiracy were
planned there and provided for. Booth was made
to feel that he was the instrument of God in ridding
the world of Lincoln. The day before his death, he
wrote : "I can never repent, though I hated to kill.
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Our country owed all her troubles to him, Lincoln,
and God simply made me the instrument of his pun
ishment." So thought Ravillac, the assassin of
Henry IV. Both were trained to believe that there
was no sin in killing the enemy of the holy church
and of the infallible Pope.
Let us draw aside the curtain :
PROOFS THAT ROMANISM WAS THE ASSASSIN OF
The evening came. The President is sitting in his
box in the theatre. He is resting in a rocking chair.
A man enters the door of the lobby leading to the
box. He closes the door behind him. He draws a
pistol, and shoots the President in the back of his
head. The shriek of Mrs. Lincoln pierces the ears
of all. Booth leaps upon the stage, brandishing a
dasrger, and Hies, saying as he does, " Sic semper
tyrannis." His horse at the door is held by a Roman
Catholic. He leaps upon, it and rides away.
Preof that Rome directed the arm of J. Wilkes
Booth is seen :
First. In the fact that the house of Mrs. Surratt,
a Roman Catholic, where the plot was laid, swarmed
Second. The Mr. Lloyd, who kept the carbine
which Booth wanted for protection, was a Roman
Third. Dr. Mudd, who set the leg of Booth, was
a Roman Catholic.
Fourth. Garrett, in whose barn Booth took
refuge and where he was shot, was a Roman Catholic.
Fifth. All the conspirators, says General Baker,
the great detective, were attending Roman Catholic
services, or were educated as Roman Catholics.
Sixth. Priests sheltered and spirited away John
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Surratt, and Pope Pius IX. gave him a place among
Seventh. The plot was known as far away as St.
Joseph, Minn., 40 miles from a railroad, and more
than 80 miles from a telegraph. Rev. F. A. Con-
well, late chaplain of a Minnesota regiment, was told
at that place at six P.M. on April 14th, the night of
the assassination, by the purveyor of the monastery
filled with priests, that President Lincoln and Secre
tary Seward had been killed, four hours before the
deed was attempted. How was it known? There
is but one answer. The conspiracy which cost
Abraham Lincoln his life was resolved upon by the
priests of Washington and communicated to priests
in far-away St. Joseph. Charles Boucher, a priest
in Canada, swears that John Surratt was sent to him
by Father Lefierre, the canon of the bishop of Mon
treal. For months he concealed him, and then ship
ped him to Rome. Why ? Because it was in the
bond. They promised the murderers protection on
earth, so far as they could give it to them, and a crown
in heaven if they died in the attempt.
Eighth. The rejoicing of Romanists* at the outset,
and until they saw their peril. Mrs. Surratt, the
day after the murder, said, without being rebuked, in
the presence of several witnesses: "The death of
Abraham Lincoln is no more than the death of any
nigger in the army."
WHY WAS NOT MORE MADE OF IT ?
Why is not more made of it ? Cowardice explains
it all. Fear was on every side. The leaders declared,
We are just through with one war ; if we make an
attack on the Roman Catholic church and hang a few
of their priests, who could be proven guilty of par
ticipating in the plot, a religious war would be the
result. Nothing would have been easier than to have
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proven the criminality of the priests ; but this was
carefully avoided, from the beginning to the end of
the trial. When their eyes were opened to their
peril, the fear of the priests was pitiable. They say
that their damning deed had frozen the milk in the
breasts of millions. Jesuitism, with the tread of a
panther and the cunning of a sleuthhound, shrank
away, and hid from sight for the time. Alas ! poli
ticians seemed smitten with the same dread. Father
Chiniquy declared that, when, not long after the
execution of the murderers, he went incognito to
Washington, to begin his investigations about the true
and real authors of the deed, he was not a little
surprised to see that not a single one of the men con
nected with the Government to whom he addressed
himself would consent to have any talk with him on
that matter, except after he had given his word of
honor that he would never mention their names in
connection with the result of the investigation. He
says: "I saw with profound distress that the
influence of Rome was almost supreme in Washing
ton. I could not find a single statesman who would
dare face the nefarious influence, and fight it down."
This was the policy of Lincoln. On this rock his
bark struck, and went down.
The Romanism that assassinated President Lincoln
is in our midst, unchanged in spirit and in purpose.
Upon the American people devolve fearful respon
THINGS THAT CAN BE DONE.
First. " We can tell the truth about Roman
Second. " We can tell the truth to Romanists."
Third. " We can hold America for Americans."
Had Abraham Lincoln voiced the utterance, it
would have made him the evangel that would have
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carried hope to the millions of earth. The work he
left undone we must undertake, and then shall
Romanism find here a grave, into which the roots of
liberty shall go and find nutriment, while above shall
tower the hardy trunk, from whose wide branches
shall hang fruits which, gathered by God s best
children, shall fill the garners of hope, and make
this ImmanuePs Laud,
FIFTEEN THOUSAND SLAVES TO ROME IN WASHING
TON ; OR, AMERICANS UNDER THE SURVEILLANCE OF
Tt will surprise the people of the great free republic
of the United States to learn that
FIFTEEN THOUSAND DEPARTMENT CLERKS
are under the surveillance of Eome. This seems
like a strange statement. The many will say it cannot
be true. The fact remains. Romanism is the domi
nant power in the Capital of the United States. The
war which Rome helped to bring on, and which she
hindered as best she could when she saw it was to
eventuate in liberty, resulted in her advantage rather
than to her detriment. The reason for it is difficult
to explain. Had Abraham Lincoln told the truth
about Romanism to the people, the curse would have
been wiped out. The reason he did not, and gave
for not doing it, influences thousands at the present
time, viz. : fear of a religious war.
It seems inexplicable that the power which assas
sinated Abraham Lincoln should have been fostered
and aided by the people who slew slavery and who
recognized the fact that Romanism was its chief ally.
Who can think of Thaddeus Stevens patting this
monster that slew the great Emancipator, without a
shudder of horror, mingled with a feeling of incred
ulity. A strange fear of Rome came upon the poli
ticians of all parties after the civil war was over.
Proofs abounded of the disloyalty of this life-long
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foe of liberty. They were unheeded. They
remain unheeded. From dozens of letters, and
from unnumbered clerks in the departments,
information is furnished that, after the 1st and
15th of every month, nuns have the free run of the
departments, and can ask every clerk and every head
of a department for money to help on the Church of
Kome. Some of these letters are sad beyond expres
sion. The wife of a Union soldier writes : " I am in
Department. There are nine Irish toone Amer-
can. The persecution to which I am subjected, in
hopes of driving me out, is difficult to describe and hard
to bear. They preach their religion and their poli
tics. If a word is said against it, the air is made blue
with profanity, and such words as, Get out, you
heretic; we ll make it hot for you, are heard on
ROME HAS THE ENTREE
to any of the Departments, and can do what she
desires. Any one without the black robe and bonnet
would be thrust out by the door-keepers. These
are admitted by special order. Must this be borne?
Is not this an outrage to Christian employees in a free
Government? Drop the word "Christian." Is it not
an outrage on American citizenship? Has Rome
any claim upon these clerks in the service of the
Government? Suppose Baptists or Presbyterians
should ask the privilege of going through the depart
ments to solicit funds for church purposes, would
the request be granted? Most assuredly not.
We have said the clerks were under the surveil
lance of Rome. Suppose they do not like it? What
can they do about it? Seven men, members of the
Grand Army of the Republic, some from Northern
states, some from Southern, told how they were not
only asked by these nuns to give twice a month, but
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that they were afraid not to give. They related how
the heads of the departments are very largely either
Roman Catholics, or afraid to antagonize them, and
because one of their number expressed his mind in
regard to the outrage of having these black-robed
minions of Rome tramping through the departments
and asking American citizens to contribute to the
support of " The Harlot of the Tiber" his name
was handed in as a man who had insulted a saintly
nun, and at the close of the month his dismissal came,
and no reasons given. They who refuse to give are
reported, and when vacancies are required, their
names are ready for use. The result need not be
described. Fear of losing their places is everywhere
apparent. It affects society, muzzles the press, and
chains the pulpit.
If there is one doctrine distinctively American, it is
that there must be a separation between church and
State. If there is one doctrine distinctively demo
cratic, it is that the State must support the rep
resentatives of the Church of Rome.
TALK ABOUT HOME EULE
for Ireland, we need it in Washington. The Capi
tal, the Departments, the President s House, the
Post Office, the Foreign, and now the Interior
Department, are under the domination of Roman
Catholics, the instigators of the Civil War and the
assassins of Abraham Lincoln, the life-long foe of
liberty here, and throughout the world.
THE TROUBLE IN WASHINGTON
lies in the fact, that the men in office live, when at
home, in different places, which are also under the
dominance of Rome.
Several members of Congress related that it is
the custom of the nuns to visit every member o f
The White Slaves to Kome.
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Congress soon after he arrives : they ask for a con
tribution. If they give, well. If not, it is reported.
HOW THE NUNS WERE DRIVEN OUT.
A Northern lady, a good Baptist, whose husband
is independent of public patronage, rented rooms to
a member of Congress. Hardly had he got his
trunk unstrapped, before two nuns came. The girl
let them in. They were asked to call again after
the gentleman got settled. They were no sooner
out, than the lady of the house said: "If those
women come again, seat them in the hall, and don t
let them in until I see them." The next day they
were seated in the hall, and she came down. The
lady is utterly fearless, and has no respect for, nor
fear of black-robed Sisters of Charity.
What do you want ? "
4 To see the Member of Congress"
" To see him."
"He has a wife, and don t need the attentions of
" We wish to see him for the church."
" He is not a Roman Catholic, and has a better
church, which he helps support."
Then the old nun claimed she wished to go into a
private room to fix her shoe. " Fix it here : you are
not afraid of me, are you ? "
Then she spoke up, and asked : " Do you refuse to
let me see a Member of Congress in this house ? "
" Then we will take the number of this house, and
it may be to your injury."-
"All right ; take it, and advertise it, if you choose ;
my house cannot be made a run-way for Romish
It is a simple fact, that the house is always full of
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occupants, and is felt to be a retreat from the incur
sions of Romanists.
Is there any good reasons why the Roman Catholic
church should become a universal beggar, and yet
house the Pope in the largest palace in the world,
and feed her cardinals, bishops, lady-superiors,
priests and nuns on the fat of the land?
Was there ever a set of dupes like Romanists, who,
as a rule, live in squalor, while the money drawn
from the poor is placed on the largest structures of
EOME IS NOT POOR.
More wealth is under her control than is possessed
by the representative of any nation, sect, or faith.
Her wealth is a secret. Out of Peter s Pence comes
a great patrimony. Rome claims to be beneficent,
and so becomes the recipient of bounty from the
State, as well as from individuals. No sect is less
so. No people give so little to any object outside of
their own communion.
THE POPE LIVES IN A PALACE
fifteen hundred feet in length, eight hundred in
breadth, with twenty courts, miles of galleries filled
with pictures and statuary, two hundred stair-cases,
eleven hundred rooms, the construction of which has
cost more than one hundred millions of dollars, and
yet he is the pensioner of the whole world !
As a rule, the people who belong to the Church of
Rome are poor. In Roman Catholic countries where
Romanism rules supreme, they are very poor. In
Ireland, in the Roman Catholic districts, the men
and women sleep in ditches and herd with pigs. It
is surprising that, in New York, Romanists, living in
tenement houses, in garrets and cellars, are content
to abide in squalor, while the archbishop, whose
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iron hand was laid on every free impulse, and all
who sympathized with it, lives in a palace, and is
fed on food that befits the table of a king. The Pope
has for his own use four Palatine cardinals, three
prelates, and a master, ten prelates of the private
chamber, amongst whom are cupbearers and keepers
of the wardrobe, two hundred and fifteen domestic
prelates, and more than four hundred women. Then
follows two hundred and forty-nine supernumerary
prelates of the private chamber, four private chamber
lains of the sword and cloak, Roman patricians, a
quarter-master, major, a correspondent-general of
the post, one hundred and thirty fresh private
chamberlains of the sword and cloak. Next come
two hundred and sixty-five honorary monsignori,
extra urbem, six honorary chamberlains of the
sword and cloak, then eight private chaplains ;
then two private monsignori of the tonsure, or,
barbers in short, but monsignori just the same ; then
eighteen supernumeraries. In all, one thousand and
twenty-five persons ; besides the Palatine adminis
tration and the tribunal of the major-domo, the
Swiss guards the gens d arms, and a legion of
servants. Does it not need a brazen effrontery, which
is astonishing, to send priests and nuns all over the
world to extract the pence from the pockets of the
poor, to keep in luxury this army of men, for the
most part privates, who earn not a dollar,
and are utterly worthless as aids to humanity?
If it be difficult for a rich man to enter into the
kingdom of heaven, how shall he who inherits the
Vatican enter there, who has treasures of all sorts,
many precious gems, countless works of art, vessels
of silver and gold, and more than a thousand
servants? On his head is not one crown, but three.
He is borne on the shoulders of men. He compels
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his votaries to kiss his toe, and enjoys an income of
In the United States, the attempt is being made to
rival Europe. The Cardinal s palace in New York,
built of marble, tilled with choice works of art,
cost an immense sum. The dwellings of bishops
and priests are planned on a magnificent scale. The
gate into Rome is not strait, and the way is not
narrow. They can carry with them bad politics,
bad principles, bad practices and bad lives, and yet
if they will give their consciences to the priests, and
believe what they are taught concerning penance,
absolution, forms and ceremonies, the conditions of
becoming a Roman Catholic are met. A change of
heart is not in the programme. A blameless, pure
life is not in the bond. It is not strange that error
thrives beneath the shadow of Romanism. Rum-
selling is not a sin, and if rum-drinking were even a
disgrace, few are the priests who would be respect
able. Mormonism fattens on polygamy, and Moham
medanism, that painted a heaven in which lust
should have full play, and the bestial nature suprem
acy, won a large following, and holds it, because the
carnal heart can there find full play for passion and
desire. Romanism is a match for either Mormonism
or Mohammedanism. The priests practice polygamy
under another name, and find in the church a carte
blanche for the promptings of the natural heart.
ROMANISM IS A DECEPTION AND A FRAUD.
A deception, because it claims to have been built
on St. Peter in Rome ; when there is not a scintilla
of evidence that Peter ever saw Rome. He was the
apostle of the circumcision. He went to Babylon,
and from there wrote his epistles. Paul went to
Rome, and called the names of the prominent ones he
met ; but never mentioned Peter, who lived and died
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in the East. Bat Romanism without Peter in Rome
is a failure ; and so the lie, that he came to Rome,
lived there twenty-five years, was in the Marmantine
Prison over which St. Peter s towers, and died cruci
fied head downwards, in the place upon which the
Vatican stands, where the Pope lives, all this is
unblushingly lifted into prominence as if it were a
truth, when all history knows it to be false.
Romanism is a fraud because it pretends to have
power which does not belong to it. Tradition usurps
the place of Scripture, it subordinates the inward
and spiritual to the outward and visible ; it
obscures and stifles the life of faith and love, by its
absorbing attention to the things of sight and show ;
instead of relying on Jesus, who is the Christ, and
was offered once for all, it makes a new Jesus and a
new atonement at every Mass ; instead of having one
mediator between God and man (1 Timothy, ii. 5),
it makes the mother of Jesus both a mediator and a
God, and treats, likewise, its thousands of other can
onized (real or unreal) saints as mediators, to be
prayed to and honored for their superhuman merit
and power. By its connected doctrines of confession
and penance, and absolution and indulgence, it places
the consciences, persons, and property of many
women and children in the power of the priest ; it
speaks lies in hypocrisy, sears the conscience as with
a hot iron ; it changes the truth of God into a lie,
and worships and serves the creature more than the
Creator ; it turns the consolations and comforts of
religion, the means of grace, and the hope of glory,
into so much merchandise, to be disposed of accord
ing to the vender, and the ability or necessity of the
purchaser ; in fine, it sets forth another gospel than
the free gospel of Christ, another standard than the
perfect law of God, other ordinances and other con
ditions of salvation than those which the Lord Jesus
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has established. It has fellowship with darkness
.rather than light, and is in affinity with Satan and his
angels, rather than with Jehovah. And yet, bad as
it is in character and in practice, the Republic of the
United States gives to this assassin of President
Lincoln, to this enemy of all righteousness, to this
instigator of the civil war, rights denied to the repre
sentatives of Jesus Christ s Gospel, and compels fif
teen thousand employees of the Government to give
to its support, or to have their places endangered,
and their living confiscated !
Eomanism is a fraud, because it claims to be in line
with apostolic succession, when there have been at
least thirty schisms in the church. Two popes
have claimed St. Peter s chair at one and the same
time, and fought and led armies to maintain the
supremacy. In 1414, the Council of Constance
cashiered three popes, John XXIII., Gregory XIII.
and Benedict XIII. as deserving the deepest execra
tion, and as guilty of most horrible crimes.
Popes have been guilty of the most horrible prac
tices. What matters it though Pope Joan was taken
with the pains of childbirth on a public parade,
though mistresses and harlots had control of the
Chair, Rome as unblushingly holds out her pauper
hand and cries Give ! as if she had a good history,
and was backed by a decent life ! Romanism is
indifferent to Scripture and public opinion.
Romanists want a Peter for Rome, and they get
him. In spite of Scripture, they will hold on to
him ; and for all Scripture can do, Peter may yet
become a second Romulus, suckled by a wolf, and
the founder of the Eternal City. It would be as true
as much of the history they are making for the youth
Is it not enough to tolerate Romanism? Shall
the free people of America be compelled to give to
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its support ? Shall this church be permitted to dom
inate the State ? This is being done in many portions
of the Eepublic. Shall a halt be called?
This question must be answered. Romanism is for
the first time uncovering its intent in America, and
revealing the fact that the spirit of hellish hate which
dominated the organism in Spain, and also in Italy,
characterizes it in the Republic, where, it was said,
free institutions were to change its purpose and mod
ify its nature. A good time to answer the question
has come. Freemen are at last beginning to under
stand that freedom is in peril. Romanists who hope
for better things are tiring of the old despotism, and
are beginning to seek for the new life.
THE LAP OF ROME.
In a city cursed with malaria is a cesspool, so
large that it spreads contagion through many cellars,
up into offices, into stores, and infects the town. In
winter, they do not clean it out, because of the cold.
In summer, they have another excuse. It is covered
with boards. Ever and anon one rots. A horse
breaks through and is ruined. A man falls in and
dies. Then comes a spasm of indignation, and many
declare the cesspool must go ; but it stays 5 it is
Romanism is much like it. It poisons the air and
affects the health, wherever its virus is inhaled. It
is bad, and bad continually. Eew care to touch it, or
describe it. The cesspool is covered over. It ought
to be cleaned out, but it is not. There are reasons why
the many fail to attack the error or fight the sin. It
controls votes how many, few know. The leaders
of the Romish cohort are astute, far-seeing and brave.
They work together, strike an organized blow, are
conscienceless, and so are never hindered by principle
or restrained by honor, rightness or righteousness.
They are a bandit against virtue, education and
progress. They are not ashamed of it. They will
shut the best histories out of the school. There is
a spasm. Meetings are held ; Rome is attacked, and
Rome is silent ; but the books stay out, and Protestant
teachers turn Catholics for place and pelf, and Rome
laughs and moves on, securing the acquiescence, if
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not the favor, of politicians. So in regard to moral
ity. A man breaks through into the cesspool. He
is covered with filth. Romanism is revealed, and the
people declare now it must go ; but a new board is
laid over the hole ; lime is thrown in ; the stench is
killed for the moment, and Rome increases in power.
Rome stands by Rome as true men would do well
to stand by true men, but as true men seldom do,
while the emergency is on, and help is needed.
Why Priests Should Wed, " was written to save
women and girls threatened by the filth of the Con
fessional. Much that is vile, and too filthy to be read
with pleasure or profit to the individual perusing it,
has been omitted. For this, the author has been
blamed by good men and women. " We do not
know about it, " they say. " You say, there is a
cesspool. You say it is beyond human belief for
vileness. We do not have more than the words of
men like you. The offensive matter is locked up in
Latin. It is beyond our reach. This thing of Roman
ism concerns Americans. Romanism is doing all in
its power to capture the United States. It will suc
ceed, unless the truth be told concerning it." Such
is the view of good Christian men.
Romanism is bringing forth as bad fruit in Wash
ington as elsewhere. Assaults are made on virtue.
Nunneries are used as assignation houses there as
elsewhere, because Romanists live there as elsewhere.
This ought to be brought to the attention of the peo
ple, if they are to be delivered. It is fashionable to
speak of Romanism as a part of the Christian world.
Encyclopedias do it ; so do ministers of Evangelical
denominations. It is a shame that this is true, yet
true it is. Romanism is the "mystery of iniquity."
It is a horrible stench in the nostrils of humanity,
borne because of the lack of power to remove it.
Hated of God, it is yet to be hated of man.
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But, in the meantime, the people have a battle
to wage with error, and a duty to discharge. Roman
ism must be exposed. Uncover the cesspool, and it
shall bring upon itself destruction.
In "Why Priests Should Wed," Dens and Lig-
uori were quoted, and all that could be decently writ
ten was put into type, and a challenge was sent forth
asking Romanists to deny it, if they could ; or for
Congress to appoint a Commission to investigate the
charges brought against the priesthood of the Roman
Catholic church because of the practice of Auricular
Confession, and to demand persons and papers com
petent, in evidence, to declare whether such confession
al is calculated to pollute the minds of the people, and
undermine the foundation of our Republican institu
tions. Thousands and tens of thousands of these
petitions were signed and sent to and read in the
Senate and House of Representatives, and nothing
has been done about it.
In the meantime, the author congratulates himself
as having " built better than he knew," because
Romanists know what is left out in the blank spaces
as Protestants do not, and the effect of the book has
been helpful to Romanists, great numbers of whom,
because of its appalling revelations, have abandoned
Rome forever. It has been charged that, in " Why
Priests Should Wed," the quotations are largely from
Dens and Liguori, and not from theologians of the
Roman Catholic Church in America. This was
because Dens theology has been endorsed by the
prelates in Ireland as "the best book on the subject that
could be published, as late as Sept. 15th, 1808, and
by the Archbishop of St. Louis, Mo., in Feb. 1850,
by Bishop Kenrick of Philadelphia, in 1861 . A
thousand dollars reward was offered in 1873 to any
Accredited Roman priest or bishop y^ho will disprove
the horrible disclosure contained in a book trans-
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lating the Latin into English and German, from
the Secret Theology of Peter Dens and Francis P.
Kenrick, published in Chicago, 111. No reply has
been made, because a refutation is impossible.
The truth is not hidden ; but it is not scattered.
Show what Romanists are, what they teach, and how
they live, and decent people will cut loose from it ;
and the President, unless he be lost to all self-esteem
and sense of decency, and the respect of mankind,
would as soon walk the streets with a painted repre
sentative of the house which is " the way to hell, going
down to the chambers of death," as to lock arms
with the Red-Robed Cardinal, the representative of
the Harlot of the Tiber.
It is not necessary to confine attention to the works
of Dens and Liguori. John Hughes, archbishop
of New York, and Francis Patrick Kenrick, arch
bishop of Philadelphia, have sanctioned all the vile-
ness of the past, and sent forth contributions as vile
as any that preceded. These are accessible. In the
book, "Theology in Use in the Theological Semi
nary and Sacred Theology for Students," by Francis
Patrick Kenrick, are descriptions of " adulterers with
the mouth" (p. 130) , of the manner in which the mar
riage bed is to be used and is defiled (1. vi., n. 917),
and suggestions concerning intercourse too filthy to
be written ; of the sin of evading offspring, and the
means employed to produce the result ; of the guilt
of Sodomy, and how the sin is committed between
husband and wife (1. vi., n. 916) ; of the sin of ren
dering one s-self impotent, and much more in the same
PARISH PRIESTS AND OTHER CONFESSORS PROVIDED FOR.
Because this is frequently denied, we quote in full ;
"VIII. Of Luxury. If, however, it should be
foreseen that pollution will ensue from some cause
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that is necessary, or useful, or advantageous to some
body, although the mind is averse to it, there is no
sin, so long as there is no danger in consenting to it.
Hence, even though involuntary pollution should be
foreseen, it is proper for
"1. Parish Priests, and also other confessors, to
hear the confessions of women, to read treatises on
obscene subjects, to touch the parts of a sick woman,
to accost, kiss or embrace women according to the
custom of the country, to wait on them in . bathing,
and other things of a similar character.
1 2. It is lawful for any one who suffers great itch
ing in the privates, to relieve it by touching, although
pollution may follow.
"3. So also it is useful to ride on horseback for a
person, even though pollution should be foreseen, "and
much more of the same character.
"4. It is lawful to lie in any position to rest more
"5. To take warm food or drinks, in moderation,
and to lead in decent dances." *
Into this lap of Kome, look. The Parish Priest
is given absolute control of the bodies of the women
of the Roman Catholic church, and of all others he
may capture. Liguori grants a priest two women a
month. Kenrick permits a lascivious scoundrel to
gratify his lustful inclinations. When wife or daugh
ter is the victim, does not the permission given in the
theology place the entire church under suspicion?
Somebody s daughter, somebody s wife shut up with the
priest in the Confessional, or in his home, is his victim.
Let us turn now to the " Garden of the Soul," a
prayer-book commonly used in the Roman Catholic
churches, and for sale at all Roman Catholic book
stores, and commended by Archbishop Hughes, and
on pages 213 and 214 are these questions, to be asked
* Francis Patrick Kenrick s Theology, vol. 3, p. 172.
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by a Roman Catholic priest of any female, from seven
up to seventy.
" Have you been guilty of fornication, or adultery,
or incest, or any sin against nature, either with a
person of the same sex, or with any other creature ?
How often? Or have you designed or attempted any
such sin, or sought to induce others to it ? How often ?
"Have you been guilty of pollution, or immodest
touches of yourself? How often?
"Have you touched others, or permitted yourself to
be touched by others immodestly ? or given and taken
wanton kisses, or embraces, or any such liberties?
"Have you looked at immodest objects, with pleasure
or danger? read immodest books, or songs, to your
self, or others? kept indecent pictures? willingly
given car to, and taken pleasure in hearing loose dis
courses ? or sought to see or hear anything that was
immodest ? How often ?
"Have you exposed yourself to wanton company?
or played at any indecent play ? or frequented mas
querades, bulls, comedies, with danger to your
chastity ? How often ?
"Have you been guilty of any immodest discourse,
wanton stares, jests, or songs, or words of double
meaning ? and how often ? and before how many ? and
were the persons to whom you spoke or sung married
or single ? For all this you are obliged to confess, by
reason of the evil thoughts these things are apt to
create in the hearers.
" Have you abused the marriage-bed by any action
contrary to the order of nature ? or by any pollu
tions ? or been guilty of any irregularity, in order to
hinder your having children ? How often ? (Ways
to ascertain all this are pointed out by Bishop F.
P. Kenrick, in the theology which every priest
must study) . Have you, without just cause, refused
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the marriage debt? and what sin followed from it?
How often ?
" Have you debauched any person that was innocent
before? Have you forced any person, or deluded
any one by deceitful promises, etc. ? or designed, or
desired to do so ? How often?
" Have you taught any one evil that he knew not of
before? or carried any one to lewd houses?" etc.
How often ? "
Page 216. " Have you willingly taken pleasure in
unchaste thoughts or imaginations? or entertained
unchaste desires? Were the objects of your desires
maids, or married persons, or kinsfolks, or persons
consecrated to God ? How often ?
" Have you taken pleasure in the irregular motions
of the flesh ? or not endeavored to resist them ? How
"Have you entertained with pleasure the thoughts
of saying or doing anything which it would be a sin
to say or do ? How often ?
" Have you had the desire or design of committing
any sin, of what sin? How often?"
Can an unmarried priest ask these questions of
the women of his flock, full of life, of blood, of
impure thoughts, without finding out all he wants to
know to ascertain where victims for his lust abide ?
These questions are asked in every town where is a
Roman Catholic church, and lives growing out of them
are lived ; and this places the cesspool, full of con-
contagion, in juxta-position with us all. Paul asked :
" Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make
them the members of a harlot? God forbid. What !
know you not that he which is joined to a harlot, is
one body?"* The fact is apparent, whoever toler
ates Romanism tolerates harlotry of the worst and
*1 Cor. 6: 15, 16.
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TURN NOW TO DENS, WHO IS AUTHORITY.
"A confessor has seduced his penitent to the com
mission of carnal sin, not in confession, nor by occa
sion of confession, but from some extraordinary
occasion. Is he to be denounced?
"A. No. If he had tampered with her from his
knowledge of confession, it would be a different
thing, because, for instance, he knows that person,
from her confession, to be given to such carnal sins."
Imagine a girl, fallen through the misconduct of
a priest. She becomes alarmed. She goes to another
confessor ; tells her story. Confessors are advised
not lightly to give credit to any woman whatsoever
accusing their former confessor, but first to search
diligently into the end and cause of the occasion, to
examine their morals and conversation. In other
words, break doiun the witness. "For which reason,
observe, that whatever person, either by herself or
by another, falsely accuses or denounces a priest
as a seducer, incurs a case reserved for the supreme
Pontiff." (Antoine, p. 428.) There is no pro
tection for virtue in the Roman Catholic Church.
The priest tells the woman she does not sin by
yielding. He confesses to a priest and is absolved.
All unite against virtue. Is not the window open?
Cannot men see the character of Romanism to which
the Republic and the United States surrenders ?
WHAT WILL CITIZENS OF THE REPUBLIC DO ABOUT IT ?
This is the question which must be answered by
Christian men and women.
Nuns walk the streets of Washington in procession,
with smiling faces, and defiant, don t-care look:
sleek priests dwell in palatial residences, and have
* P. Antoine, 1. 4, p. 430.
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things their own way. Members of Congress sur
render their wives and daughters to their care. Vast
sums are given to propitiate the favor of Rome. The
peril increases ; not because Romanists outnumber
Protestants, but because Protestants are silent who
ought to speak.
THERE IS THE LAP OF ROME,
in Washington ! The Nation s Capital has fallen into
it, and ministers are as silent about it as if there were
no peril. For shame ! ! !
All this shows, as was said in "Why Priests
Should Wed," that Francis Patrick Kenrick and
John Hughes, who wrote, must have had an acquain
tance and a practice in indulgence entirely opposed to
the profession of celibacy or the existence of virtue.
The book of Kenrick and the "Garden of the Soul "
ought to be sup pressed by legal enactment, and
Auricular Confession should be banished from the
Roman Catholic Church in America. Polygamy
among Mormons is virtue personified, in comparison.
Auricular confession is now the prolific source of
gross licentiousness, and is destructive of virtue in
the hearts of the priests who officiate in the Confes
sional. These infernal questions, framed by Bishops
Kenrick and Hughes, propounded by bachelor priests
to females of all ages, from seven years and upwards,
and the obligation of the Confessional, binding them
under pain of Eternal Damnation to eternal secrecy, is
bringing forth a terrible harvest of lust and crime.
Rome does not preach, she plots. Rome cares
not for public opinion or public remonstrances, so
long as she can control votes, and get on increasing
in wealth and power. In Eugene Sue s " Wander
ing Jew," Jesuits are uncovered in their hellish
plottings and intrigues. The American of to-day
ought to read that book of yesterday, for it reveals
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what practices, what machinations, what slavery,
what abject ruin confronts the young men who shall
a"ive themselves to the control of the Jesuits in the
American University now being built at Washington.
One of the most beautiful characters in literature is
" Gabriel the priest ." An orphan, placed in the care
of good and honest Catholics if such there are is
surrendered by them to the Jesuits, because of facts
which came to them concerning property on the Avay
to a certain family, which the Jesuits determine to
obtain and hold. As a result, for years, the plottings
go on, that orphans may be robbed, and good and
innocent people may be deprived of their rights.
Of the general course of education, it is not neces
sary to speak. It has been described a, thousand
times. It is the same at this time as in the days that
are gone. But of the training much ought to be said.
Gabriel enters the college. He says : " On the day
of my joining it, the Superior said to me, in pointing
out two of the pupils a little older than myself, These
are the companions with whom you are to associate :
you will walk with them always, but all three together ;
the rules of the House forbidding any conversation
between two persons alone. " The students from the
Jesuit College in Washington go in threes, not in
twos. Americans see it, and do not fight it.
TRAINED TO BE SPIES.
" The same regulation enjoins, that you should
listen attentively to what your companions may say,
in order that you may report it to me, for those dear
children may have, unknown to themselves, evil
thoughts, or may contemplate the committing of a
fault ; but if you love your comrades, you must
apprize me of their evil inclinations, in order that my
paternal remonstrances may spare punishment, by
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preventing offence ; for it is always better to prevent
a fault than to punish it.
i It happened sometime after, that I myself had
been guilty of an infraction of the rules of the House ;
on which occasion the Superior said to me : My
child ! you have deserved a severe punishment, but
you shall be pardoned, if you will promise to detect
one of your companions in the same fault that you
have committed." And all this is done in the name
of all that is most holy.
Gabriel ashamed of such conduct, asked if it were
wrong to be an informer. The answer: "A stu
dent has no right to discriminate between right and
wrong, but only to obey ; that to the confessor
belonged the responsibility," uncovers the fetters
that binds those under the control of Jesuits. His
life was spent in an atmosphere of terror, of oppres
sion, and suspicious watchings. Every effort is made
to close the heart against all the gentle and tender
emotions ; to make of every young man a sneak, a
hypocrite, a traitor.
Lying follows in the wake of such teaching.
According to the Constitution of the Society of Jesus,
this is trivial. Now let us see the outcome. The
education in the college is finished. Into the semi
nary Gabriel went, comparatively innocent. He was
now to be prepared for the holy ministry. Let us
see how the work goes on.
" You placed in my hands a book, he said, " con
taining the questions that a confessor should put to
young men, to young girls, to married women, when
they presented themselves at that tribunal of peni-
tance. " " My God," exclaimed Gabriel, trembling,
" I shall never forget that terrible moment. It was
in the evening, I withdrew to my room, taking that
book with me, composed, as you told me, by one of
the fathers, and revised by a holy bishop." "It is
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impossible," said Eugene Sue, writing for the French,
" to give even in Latin an idea of the infamous book."
Said Mr. Given, in his bold, excellent work, " Of the
Jesuit and the University :" " I experience consider
able embarrassment in commencing this chapter, as it
has to treat of a book that it is impossible to translate,
and difficult to cite from its text ; because the Latin
insults modesty by its plain speaking. I must, there
fore, crave the indulgence of the reader, and will pro
mise him in return to withhold as much obscenity as
I can." Further on, in reference to the question
imposed by the compendium, Mr. Given exclaims,
with generous indignation : " What then must be the
conversations that pass, in the retirement of the Con
fessional, between the priest and a married woman?
I forbear to say more."
The author of the "Discoveries of the Bibliophi-
list," after having literally cited a great many pas
sages from this horrible catechism, says : "My pen
refuses to proceed further in this encyclopedia of
every baseness, and I am sorry that it has gone so
far ; but I can only say, that though a mere copyist,
I feel as much horror as if I had been touching
poison. And yet, nevertheless, it is this horror
that gives me courage. In the church of Jesus
Christ, agreeably to the order established by the
Divine will, that evil is good which leads one from
error ; and the more prompt the remedy the more
it is efficacious. Morality can never be in danger
so long as truth raises its voice and makes itself
Gabriel describes the effect upon him as he read
the book: "Full of respect, confidence and faith,
I opened its pages. At first, I did not understand it ;
but at last I did. Struck with shame and horror,
and overcome by astonishment, I had hardly strength
to close, with trembling hand, this abominable text-
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book. I immediately came to you, my father, to
ask pardon for having involuntarily cast my eyes on
its pages, which, by mistake, I supposed you had
put into my hands."
< You may also remember, " said the priest, < that
I quieted your scruples, explaining to you that it
was necessary that a priest, who was destined to
hear all things under the seal of confession, should
know all, with the power of appreciating it;
that the Society imposed the reading of the com
pendium as a text-book on you deacons, seminar
ists and priests, who might be called to the sacred
duty of confession. "
" I believed you, my father ; the habit of passive
obedience was too strong upon me, discipline had so
utterly deprived me of all self-examination, that
spite of my horror, for which I then reproached
myself as for a heavy fault, in remembering your
words, I returned with the book into my room. I
read it ! Oh ! my father, what a revelation was there
of the excessive refinements of criminal luxury !
Then in the vigor of youth, I had been alone upheld
by my ignorance, and the assistance of God, against
sensual struggles. Oh, that night, that night! in
the midst of the deep silence of my solitude, tremb
ling with fright and confusion, I spelt over that
catechism of monstrous, unheard-of, unknown de
baucheries ; in proportion as its obscene pictures of
frightful lust were presented to my imagination
till then chaste and pure, you know, oh God ! that
it seemed as if my reason had become weakened ; yes,
and had entirely gone astray ; for although I desired
utterly to fly from this infernal book ; yet, I know
not by what awful, frightful attraction, by what
devouring curiosity, I was still held breathless over
its infamous pa>-es. I felt as though I should have
A O O
died from shame and confusion ; and yet, in spite of
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myself, my cheeks were burning and a corrupting
warmth circulated through my veins, and these
terrible allusions assisted to complete my wander
ings ; it seemed as though lascivious phantoms were
starting from its accursed pages, and I lost my
recollection in seeking to avoid their burning
" * The terms in which you speak of this book are
highly blameable, said the priest; you were the
victim of your own excited imagination, and it is to
that alone that you ought to ascribe those fatal
impressions, instead of imputing them to a book,
excellent and irreproachable for its purpose, and
authorized by the church.
" Truly, my father, " replied Gabriel, with the
most profound bitterness, " 4 1 have no right to com
plain that my mind, till that time innocent and pure,
should henceforth be polluted with deformities that
I should never even have dreamt of; for it is not
likely that any who could have given themselves over
to such horrors would have asked pardon from them
of a priest.
" * These are matters on which you are not com
petent to judge, angrily replied the Father d Aig-
" Then I will say no more on that subject, " said
Gabriel, as he proceeded.
"A long illness succeeded this awful night."
After it, he went as a missionary to America. It
is refreshing to read his description of his enjoyment
of freedom :
"From my childhood, I had always either lived in a
college or a seminary, in a state of oppression and con
tinual dejection ; and from being always accustomed to
keep my eyes upon the ground, I had never known
what it was to contemplate the heavens, or the splen
did beauties of Nature. Oh, what profound, what
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religious happiness I enjoyed on first suddenly find
ing myself transported amongst the imposing gran
deurs of the ocean, when, during the voyage, I con
templated myself between the sea and sky ! Then it
seemed as if I had quitted a place of thick and heavy
darkness. For the first time for many years, I felt
my heart freely beating in my bosom. For the first
time, I felt that I was master of my own thoughts ;
and I then dared to examine my past life, as one who
looks from a precipice into the deep and darkened
valley beneath him. Then strange doubts came
across my mind. I inquired of myself by what right,
or to what end, I had been so long a time oppressed
and borne down ; deprived of the exercise of my
free will, of my liberty, of my reason. Since God
had endowed me with all these, then I reasoned,
that perhaps the ends of that grand, beautiful and
holy work to which I had dedicated myself, would
one day be developed, and compensate me for my
obedience and resignation.
On my arrival at Charleston, S.C., the Superior of
the establishment in that town, to whom I had com
municated my doubts as to the object of the Society,
took upon himself to clear them up. With a fearful
candor he unveiled their ends ; not perhaps as un
derstood by all the members of the Society, of whom
a great many partook of my ignorance, but such as
the principals of it had undeviatingly pursued from
the foundation of the Order. I became terrified. Iread
the casuists. Oh, my father ! what a new and frightful
revelation for me, when at every page of these books,
written by the fathers, I read an excuse indeed a
justification of robbery, calumny, violation, adultery,
perjury, murder, regicide, as follows :
" Violation. He who, either by force, menace,
fraud, or importunity, seduces a virgin, without
promise of marriage, must indemnify the girl, or her
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relatives, for the wrong that may result from it, by
giving her a dowry, by which she may get a hus
band ; or marrying her himself, if he cannot otherwise
indemnify her. If, hoiuever, the offense remains an
absolute secret, the seducer is not bound to make any
restitution" This is Romanism.
"Adultery. If any one has a guilty connection
with a married woman, not because she is married,
but because she is handsome setting aside the cir
cumstances of her being married such connection,
according to many authors, does not constitute the
sin of adultery, but merely that of fornication."
After reading this, Gabriel said : "When I thought
within myself, that as a priest of the God of charity,
of justice, of pardon, I yet belonged to a society
whose chiefs propounded such doctrines and boasted
of them, I made an oath before God, to break for
ever the bonds by which I was attached to it."
Is it probable, is it possible, that Jesuitism has
improved? Is such a school or university a desidera
tum in this land? Do we need to have American
youth doomed to such a discipline? Father Chiniquy
declares, that students in this land seek to escape this
sea of nastiness. The effect of such teaching is hor
rible. It undermines and degrades manhood. It is
time that this truth was brought home to the con
sciences of men. They have got to be made to see
that Romanism is not a religion, but a plot an
adjunct of hell ; and that it has nothing whatever to
do with heaven.
Now it is admitted, that the most revolting and
degrading scene of the confessional is that of the
prescribed treatment of females. On the mind of
every Roman Catholic the conviction is fastened,
that damnation is sure to come to those who go to
confession and do not confess every sin they have
committed. Further, that if a female appears mod-
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est, the confessor is instructed that her modesty must
be overcome, or else he is authorized to deny her
"But," it has been well asked, "what modesty
in a young lady, or any other person, is in danger of
being offended, if the priest s conduct is directed by
God s word ? For then he would think of and practice
naught but whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are pure, what
soever things are lovely, and whatsoever things are
of good report/ It is, however, because of the oppo
site of those things, especially in things that axe pure,
that the modesty of the most hardened sinner must
at times be shocked in the confessional ; of course, we
need not be surprised to learn that a young lady can
be offended there. Indeed, in looking over a pamph
let, containing lengthy extracts from theological
works used in seminaries, not in Ireland, but in the
United States, that part of the confessional having
reference particularly to females, in single life, in the
marriage state, and in widowhood, it is impossible
to conceive of any thing more vile, more outrageously
offensive and abominable, to any mind not steeped in
the lowest depths of sensualized life. " Ought not
these facts to be placed within reach of the fathers
and mothers whose children are exposed to such perils
because the Roman Catholic Church is permitted
unmolested to do its hellish work ? Approach it and
try to write the words, and the hand pauses, the heart
sickens, and it seems impossible to proceed.
How husbands can allow their wives to go to con
fession, fathers their daughters, brothers their sisters ;
or how an intelligent and thoughtful people can look
with favor upon the building up of an institution
in which these debasing and polluting utterances are
taught, passes comprehension.
The Rev. Pierce Connelly, a domestic chaplain to
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the Earl of Shrewsbury, in a letter published in the
London Times, says: "I have had experience in
the confessional, from princes downwards, and out of
it, such as perhaps has fallen to the lot of no other
living man ; and my solemn conviction is, that a celi
bate priesthood, organized like that of Rome, is in
irreconcilable hostility with all good human interests.
I have seen clerical inviolability made to mean noth
ing less than license and impurity. Ihavereadto the
simple-minded Cardinal-Prefect of the Propaganda a
narrative written to a pious lady friend, by a respected
Roman priest, of such enormities of lust in his fellow-
priests around him, that the reading of them took
away the breath ; to be answered, Caro Mio
T know it, I know it all, and more and worse than
all ; but nothing can be done ! I have known a
priest practice Ligouri on his client simply as an
amateur of wickedness, apparently without conscious
malice, just as he would try poison upon dogs and
cats ; an lago, without even an imaginary wrong from
anybody,* and I have seen priests of mean abilities,
of coarse natures, and gross breeding, practice upon
pure and highly- gifted women of the upper ranks,
married and unmarried, the teachings of their treach
erous and impure casuistry, and with a success that
seemed more than human. I have seen these priests
impose their pretended divine authority, and sustain it
by mock miracles, for ends that were simply devilish.
I have had poured into my ears what can never be
uttered, and what ought not to be believed, but was
only too plainly true. And I have seen that all that is
most deplorable is not an accident, but a result, and
an inevitable result, of the working practical system of
the church of Rome, with all its stupendous machinery
of mischief. And the system is irrevocable and irre
* Letters of Marcus, p. 122. f H> id , P- 122.
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Yet this is not all. It is even not the worst. Man
is what woman makes him, and the priest unmakes
the woman and subverts the solid edifice by the ruin
of the foundation. What shall be done about it?
Shall the truth be scattered? The need of it is
apparent in this and other lands.
The Chairman of the Chili Mission of the Presby
terian church, writes as follows :
" My Dear Brother : I have read your book * Why
Priests Should Wed, and beg to say it is just what
is needed. I wish you had the power of reading the
secrets of the greatest secret society in the world
the Roman Catholic Church, as these secrets are hid
den to-day in the United States. I could give you
some live facts of the present moment concerning
the great Harlot as this immense institution has devel
" I will write my request, and then give you a fact
or two illustrative of the BEAST you are trying to
destroy : 1. Have you any objections to our translat
ing and printing your book in Chili ? 2. Would you
object to its coming out in Spanish in an unmutilated
form? and if so, would you be willing to supply us the
suppressed matter so that it could be restored in the
translation? Let me add now a fact or two that will
illustrate, 1st : Your theme, Why Priests Should
Wed; and secondly, The benumbing influence of
this horrid system, on not only the conscience, but
also on the moral sense of the Romanist, and the
manliness and womanliness of the members of this
6 The Sota-Cura, or Yice-Cura, in Parral, ruined,
sometime ago, one of the teachers in the public school.
The lady lives now in San Carlos, and the child is in
Chilan, and the Cura still performs his functions.
" The Principal Cura of Parral says, that it is of no
consequence, that he is ugly ; give him but two hours
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with a woman, and he can destroy her. This beast is
in full charge of the parish church of Parral, and had
been transferred to that church because of complaints
against him for seducing women.
" Another eura came one night to a house where
two young men were visiting two young ladies. He
called the young ladies to sit one each side, and spread
ing a manto in front of the three, began under the
manto to handle the girls. The young men saw him
do it, and had not spunk enough to kick the drunken
rake out of doors. The mothers do not seem to make
much objection to such actions. The mothers know
of the unhappy relations of the priests with their
daughters, and say nothing.
" In Cauquenes, the other day, a young woman ran
into the chancel, just after the priest had consecrated
the wine, and was about to drink it. She snatched
the chalice from his hands, and in the presence of the
congregation shouted, You are a bad man, and not
worthy to drink that cup, and at the word she drank
the wine herself. The next Sunday she was in her
place in the choir and nothing was done to her ; though
she had done a deed that would have put her in prison.
But the priest retired from the church and went some
where else. The parents of the young woman say,
she was justified in this act. The account was pub
lished one week ago in El Sur, a paper of Concepcion.
It was not long ago that the Bishop of Concepcion was
the cause of the ruin of a young woman of high par
entage : the facts were known to all Concepcion, but
the Bishop still served. The mouths of friends were
hushed. The bishop has since died of cholera. A
gentleman in La Serena told me of the fact that a
servant girl in his house was found in the family- way ,
and the author of her shame was an official member
of the Bishop s house.
" This gentleman went to the Bishop and had the
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delinquent discovered and transferred to some
other part. Had the child been born alive, it was his
intention to make the priest support it.
" When after a long vacancy the present archbishop
was called to fill the See, at the installation or conse
cration, a woman was observed to hold a child of two
years up above the crowd, and was heard say to it,
"That man [the new archbishop] is your father."
She was followed to her house, and it was discovered
that she was indeed a mistress of the high functionary.
This account was published, and the address of the
one who noted the fact given, yet no notice was taken
of it. Not a single Eoman Catholic paper said a word
or referred to it; much less uttered an indignant
denial, and demanded proof, or the punishment of the
"Your book covers a wider ground, and deals also
with fundamental questions in such a way that we
would see it in the hands of every intelligent Roman
ist, and for this reason have written you.
J. M. ALLIS.
Santiago, Chili, S.A., May 4th, 1888. Casilla 912.
While it may not be wise to do more than has been
attempted in "Why Priests Should Wed," it does
seem important that the truth be given to the men
and women of this Western world, that they may
judge truly the character of Romanism, the life-long
foe of morality, of virtue, and of Christianity.
CONNUBIAL FELICITY ENJOYED BY PRIESTS
AND NUNS ; OR, WHAT ROME ADVISES
MAY BE DONE.
It is idle to dream of the purity of men who are
accustomed to mouth words full of vile suggestions.
4 As a man thinketh, so is he." This had been the
ory. When the lecture entitled :
" NUNNERIES, PRISONS, OR WORSE,"
was delivered in one of our great cities, a storm of
opposition was raised by Koine. The lecture was
called " foul-mouthed" by leading Roman Catholics,
and the nuns were spoken of as immaculate and
above suspicion. A lady who had been ten years in
one of the nunneries of the town, came to a subse
quent lecture, and sent a friend to the platform of
the crowded hall, who said : "I am authorized by a
lady now in this audience, a member of a Congrega
tional church" giving her name, and the locality
where she resided " to say, that she has been ten
years in a a convent in this city, and for eight years
wore the black veil as a nun ; and she declares that
all that has been said, charging incontinency upon
priests and nuns, is true, but that the half has not
been told." That was much. This that follows is
A gentleman occupying a distinguished posi
tion in the Christian world, brought the following
statement. It seemed incredible, and was not used
until it had been attested on oath. With feelings
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bordering on horror, it was read word for word ; and
if after reading this, that is faithfully copied, and the
chapter preceding, there are those who claim that
Eomanism is worthy of regard, should they not be
classed with those who gladly "believe a lie that
they may be damned " ?
A young man of seventeen years is walking the
deck of an excursion steamer. Two men, dressed as
priests, are on the deck. One of them bows to the
young man. lie returns the salutation. Where
upon one of the priests steps up and says : "I am
glad, my son, to note your reverence for the fathers
of your church." I said : " My custom is^ to treat
with respect any professed teacher of Christian tl-ulh."
He asked me to sit down beside him, and He en
quired my name, age, occupation, parentage,, pur
pose in life, etc. ; and on my telling him that I
expected to study law, he gave me much sound and
wholesome advice. Finally he asked me if I knew
him. I said: "No." He said he was His Grace
the Archbishop of Toronto ; and that the priest who
was with him was Father . I expressed my due
recognition of the honor of a conversation with His
Grace ; whereupon he said, he had taken quite an
interest in me, and would like to grant me an abso
lution for my past sins, if I would confess them to
him ; and that he had no doubt he could get the key
of the Captain s stateroom for the purpose. I replied
that it would be useless, because I had no faith in
the efficacy of any such pardoning.
He asked me to take off my hat and pray with him ;
and the three of us removed our hats, and he offered
up a very earnest, brief prayer there upon the deck
the place where we were sitting being quite secluded,
and we remained sitting during the prayer. After
the prayer, he contiuued talking to me for an hour,
giving me excellent advice on my life and habits,
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especially warning me against the gratification of
sensual passions, either by self-abuse or harlotry.
From the steamboat they pass to a parlor-car ; and
there, the door being locked, the youth was asked
to make himself comfortable on a couch at the side
of the Archbishop. He then led the conversation
into special lines. For example, he asked me : "If
in school I had not often had my passion aroused by
the legs of the girls being visible below their short
dresses, and if I had not known boys who were seated
across the aisle from the girls to deliberately drop
pencils or books on the floor, so that, when picking
them up, they might look under the skirts of the
nearest girl." This is surprising language for an
Archbishop to address to a youth of seventeen. It
is but the prelude to the nastiness that follows.
This was one of the illustrations upon which he
built skilful and forcible arguments against the Pro
testant public school question.
As a further illustration this time on the line
of the open Bible he referred to Luke 1 : 23 :
" Every male that openeth the womb, shall be called
holy to the Lord ; " and he said that he knew of hun
dreds of instances where young men had twisted that
passage into an excuse for immoral connection. And
upon this, and other illustrations of a like nature, he
erected what he thought an impregnable barrier
against the free use of the Bible, apart from priestly
The Archbishop having attempted to awaken dis
trust in the mind of the youth in regard to the most
pertinent and solid grounds of Protestantism, very
quickly developed " a careful, elaborate and attrac
tive description of the Roman Catholic Church, its
universality, the grandeur of its history, its glorious
ritual, its magnificent conquests in the past, the sanc
tity of a priest s life, the unequaled advantages for
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study which it offered, the high positions which faith
ful energy could achieve within its bounds, and par
ticularly did he dilate on the opportunities which
there were given for a complete education, a finished
course of knowledge."
He dazzled me with a glorious view of Catholic
scholarship, claiming that all truth lay within the
reach of a priest, while the wonderful statement
which he made of their communion with God seemed
to clothe them with a halo of divinity. They were
said to be above truth, because they were the com
panions of God, who was the Author of truth.
His portraiture of the Pope was dazzling. He was
the monarch of emperors ; his subjects were num
bered by hundreds of millions. He was infallible,
and the authorized representation of the Godhead on
earth ; and his treasures, whether viewed financially
in gold and silver and precious stones, or spiritually
in the worship given to him by his subjects in any
light, his treasures were infinite ; and this, he said, was
possible to me, though, of course, not probable.
But he pointed out to me, that in the lawful struggle
for ascendancy in the Catholic Church, my ambition
could be satiated to its fullest fruition, and the greatest
glory of my proudest desires could be more than satis
fied; while even if I never became more than a com
mon priest, my power and influence would be far
greater than that of the highest judge in the land ;
and all these glorious possibilities would be laid open
to me then and there, if I would but humbly and
penitently become a convert to the truth. I could go
straight to Toronto with him, and within twenty-four
hours could be safely under the fold of the only and
everlasting church of God.
The triune oath required of me, he said, was very
simple. Poverty, chastity, and obedience were then
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described ; and so skilfully was the web laid that he
thought my entanglement was complete.
It was at this juncture that I expressed my fear
that, with my passionate nature, I could not keep
pure the second vow, and that I had a great dislike
to any pursuit in life that would quench the lire of
my passion. This, I candidly stated to him, was a
most serious obstacle ; whereupon he gave me the
following explanation of the vow, stating that it
followed and was intimately connected with the first
vow, and could be only thoroughly understood in
that light; and that "when these two vows were
properly understood, it was quite consistent with
them that the priest and the nun should mutually
gratify the sensual desires of the other."
(1) All priests and nuns must take the vow of
poverty. (2) This vow means, the yielding to the
service of the church of God, not only your property,
but your body and your mind ; that is to say, your
affections and your very thoughts. (3) Therefore,
you, as a person, no longer exist; both priest and
nun are an inherent part of the church. (4)
Hence, physical coition between the two was no
more sin than the contact of the opposite organs of
an hemaphrodite, or the mingling of the various
robes of priest and nun it was simply the contact
of various parts of the one organization.
(1) The Church was the bride of Christ. (2)
The priest was the representative or local vicar of
Christ. (3) It followed, that every nun, by her
marriage with the Church, became a part of the body
of Christ s bride. (4) Hence, physical connection
between priest and nun is not only the privilege, but
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becomes the duty, of those connected with the
( 1 ) The Word of God, and especially the epistles
of Paul, particularly insist and teach, that every
believer in Christ, becomes an organ in the body of
Christ. (2) Hence, all members of the true
Church of Christ become equal members of the one
body. (3) Hence, as stated by Paul, in 1 Cor.
11 : 21 , " The head cannot say lo the feet, I have no
need of thee." So neither can the priest or nun.
(4) Hence, it follows again, as laid down by Paul
in the same chapter, "that there should be no
schism in the body, but that the members should
have the same care one for another." (o) Hence,
he concluded, that the coition of priest and nun for
mutual comfort, was as natural as the chafing
together of the right and left hand in cold weather.
The Archbishop was ably seconded in the matter
by Father , whose role appeared to be the insert
ing of complimentary remarks concerning the Arch
bishop, and extolling his wisdom, learning, zeal,
After this came the suggestion that the young man
should leave gun and rod in the passenger coach,
and drop his hat out of the window ; which would
lead his parents to believe that he had fallen from the
train; while the non-discovery of his body would
always remain with them as a hope that he was not
dead and might ultimately return; while he was to
proceed with the Archbishop to the city, where, after
being admitted i nto the Catholic Church, he would
be provided with a first-class passage to Rome, and
a recommendation to an eminent official there ; from
which time onward, all the scholarships of Christen
dom would be within his grasp, while the only limits
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to his towering ambition would be the energy and
ability which he should display to entitle him to it,
and the fullest gratification of all natural desires
could be accomplished in a manner perfectly consis
tent with a holy and sanctified life, the service of
Christ and his fellow-men, with the certain guarantee,
of eternal life.
Such was the Archbishop s scheme. If anything
more devilish can be devised, it proves great capac
ity in that line. The youth was earnestly persuaded
not to reject the truth. See him ! He is in the car
without a friend. The Archbishop and priest are
his keepers. All knelt together in prayer. The
prelate prayed for his conversion. A few minutes
might have sealed his doom ; when, in the mercy of
God, the locomotive s shrill whistle blew for his
home station. That sudden shriek brought him back
suddenly to reality and decision. One thought of
home, of mother, of Bible and Christ, and the temp
tation was gone. Thanking the Archbishop for his
kindness, he sprung to the door, turned the key,
retired from the car, and in a moment was upon the
platform saved from popery and hell !
Does such a statement throw any light upon the
conduct of priests? Is it strange that men thus
taught so often fall? " Oh," said a young priest to
Blanco White, with tears in his eyes, after having
for four or five years discharged the duties of his
station, " God only knoWs what I have suffered dur
ing this time ! And if I have fallen, it is not with
out fighting. Had I been allowed to choose a wife
as it is the law of God, who destines man to mar
riage, whatever our rules teach to the contrary, I
should have been the happiest man in the world ; I
should be a good, a holy priest ; while now, I am
oh, I am ashamed of myself!" This is really the sad
history of all their falls ; for, let us be just, no men
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are tempted like priests. Their passions are often
necessarily aroused. The demon of bad thoughts
takes possession of them. Their ministry drives
them into such relations with women, into whose
most secret thoughts they are obliged to enter, that
their virtue receives many shocks. Admit that in
the beginning they try to be faithful. They nutter, fall,
reform again, go on, fall again, and at length, to fin
ish this horrible struggle, abandon faith, and sink
into Atheism ; because of the impossibility of recon
ciling their faith with conduct so vile, and yet so
common to the class.
If the statement of the Archbishop contains the
truth, what a horrid light it sheds upon the conduct
of priests !
A gray-haired mother who had fled from Rome to
Christ, came and said : "My granddaughter is being
wooed and won by Father .* She spoke as if
the priest was a lover, and not a minister.
" Can priests win hearts? Is that their voca
4 * They were nominally for the church; but really
for themselves," was the sad reply.
They had read "Why Priests Should Wed," and
were startled by its terrible revelations. The young
lady accompanied her grandmother to the house of
God. Beautiful in face and form, attractive in
manner, soft-toned in speech, she seemed fitted to
make some man a good wife, and to become the
centre of a pleasant home. She had determined to
become a nun. The cloister was not in her thought,
nor was religion. She was in love with the priest,
and thought of passing into the cloister that she
might have him, so soon as she became a spiritual
sister. Then came Gavazzi s words of warning to
the nun. He said: "The Jesuits, too, have nuns.
For almost every order of monks there is a corres-
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ponding order of nuns. If monks are useless and
dangerous, what are nuns ? They are very gentle-
speaking ladies, very delicate ladies; but, are they
Scriptural ? No ! Christ never instituted nuns !
He came alike to men and women, and all the human
race. Among his followers were humble and devout
women, Mary Magdalen and Martha and others, to
whom he spoke of things eternal ; but did he ever say
to any of them : I wish you to become a nun ?
Never ! He said : Come and follow me ; but never,
Go to a cloister ! * And yet nuns swarm in Wash
ington. They ride in carriages ; they walk in proces
sion ; they fatten at the public crib, and are treated
by Congressmen as if they were worthy of supreme
regard. Their names we need not give, nor describe
the great establishment. Do parents understand,
in the light of the Archbishop s statement, the charac
ter, standing, and habits of these "Sisters" so-called,
who with the gratification of every passionate desire
are promised eternal life?
It is time the iniquitous character of these institu
tions were made known. If nuns are what the
Archbishop describes them, the mistresses of priests,
let it be known,
Do parents consider the terrible meaning of the
conduct of a priest when he makes love to a girl and
obtains her consent to abandon home and friends,
and immure herself in a convent, and become in her
full maturity, in her ripe beauty, the slavish subject
of the priest ?
In " Why Priests Should Wed," the warnings of
Wm. Hogan and Maria Monk are given, but the
words of the Archbishop, and the argument by which
the position is maintained, throw light upon this
subject. As educators, nuns are failures. They
live under the influence of their father-confessors,
*Gavazzi s Lectures, pp. 87.
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These are generally Jesuits, or Jesuitically educated ;
the nun will impart to her pupil the same education
she receives from her spiritual director, a poor,
bigoted, contemptible, anti- American education.
This is the education given by those nunned and
cloistered teachers, the willing subject of the priests,
and who by example, if not by word, make a pro-
tension to virtue a play, if not a by-word and a
Beware for your homes. Nuns are to be found
not only in monasteries, but abroad ; they travel in
disguise, like Jesuits. They enter homes as servants ;
and though often deemed a great blessing in a
Protestant family, they are at times just the reverse.
They know how to peep through the keyhole, and
carry all information they can obtain to the father-
confessor. Would you have in your families an
adroit, consummate spy? Take a servant educated
by nuns, and your wish is gratified. It is beginning
to be fashionable to think that hospitals and asylums
are sure to be well cared for if given into the charge
of Sisters of Charity. Before they were introduced,
hospitals and schools were well attended ; and were
they now extinct, American institutions would be
well cared for ; while what good they do is more than
outweighed by the unmitigated evil of the general
aim and tendency of monastic institutions.
JESUITS IN THE PARLOR ; OR FASHIONABLE LJFE IN
It would require the genius of a Disraeli to do
justice to the many-sided characteristics of fashion
able life in Washington. More and more, throng
there, during the winter months, the women of
fashion and the men of note, who make Saratoga,
Newport, and Long Branch places of attraction and
repute during the summer. Washington is becoming
a great winter resort. People come there, some for
politics, some for office, some for patronage, and
others for the rich pickings or plums of party favor
bestowed by their representatives in the House and
Senate, by the men whom they have been delighted
to honor with their support at home, and who feel
that obligation and interest alike, compel and com
mand them to do for them all in their power to make
their sojourn in Washington a delight.
The receptions at the White House, the spreads
given by the members of the Cabinet and other
officials of high life, foreign and home, furnish
abundant entertainments to which entrance is not
difficult, and is within the reach of the deserving.
In fashionable life, a re many citizens of Washington
who understand etiquette, and are leaders and
directors of the movements which bring pleasure or
pain. Some ambitious relative- of a distinguished
official gets her name on the page of the Court paper,
and becomes a ruling star. Round her gather lesser
lights. Ambitious young men connected with the
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army or navy, with foreigners of distinction, or
attaches of the ministers who represent foreign
countries, rival the young Congressman, the son of
a senator, or mayhap a President, or the bright and
noble array of newspaper men, who hold in their
hands the making or unmaking of reputations, the
successful writer, orator, or financier, who are there
with an eye to business, and are regarded as a great
catch at home, and therefore as objects of regard
abroad, share in the pleasures of the dance, chat at
the supper, and play their part in the saloon of
fashion, brilliant with light, and radiant with the
confiscated rays flashing from brilliant diamonds
worn in profusion by the attractive American women,
who are becoming each year sought after by the
titled and great of this and other lands. Among
these are Jesuits, without the name, dressed in the
height of fashion, capable of conversing in any
tongue, and so able to bring together the Cuban
and the pride of Paris, the German and the sweet-
toned Italian ; standing as an intermediate not only
between different nationalities, but different sects and
classes. They know life. They have influence
with the great. They sport in the light of the Red-
Robed Cardinal, who keeps his high place as prince
of the church, and as ruler in the political world, to
an extent little appreciated by the uninitiated. Ever
on the watch to bring a Protestant of influence, or of
wealth which in Washington creates influence into
association with a Roman Catholic of prominence
and position, it is not difficult- to see that on this
continent Washington opens to Romanism a field
of richest possibilities. Beside them, and working
with Brothers of the Order, are female Jesuits, as
well-trained ; distinguished for skill in diplomacy, in
finesse, always ready to leave any ordinary occupa
tion to further the interests of the church.
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At their head for years and years, ranked that
cultured and famed wife of a great general who wears
on her breast the " Golden Rose," presented by the
Pope of Rome. Associating with her are ladies who
rank high in Evangelical associations, and who are
always ready to accept a second or a subordinate
place on boards of hospitals or homes ; where they
vote as they are bidden, and help to place power
and patronage under the control of that one great
organism which works parties, senates, and supreme
courts, with an eye not to God s glory, but the good
and growth of the party of Rome. As proof, read a
few well-known facts.
It was at a magnificent party, a beautiful girl, on her
father s arm, paused, and shook the hand of a distin
guished gentleman whose prospects brightened every
hour as the probable nominee for the presidency.
He made a passing and complimentary remark, which
brought a blush to the cheek, brightness to the eye,
and a thrill of joy to the heart. Not far away stood
a young man, the son of a Protestant, a student at
Princeton, enamored of her beauty and glad to hear
her praises spoken by one so highly esteemed. In a
little time he was at her side. They were together
evening after evening. Every hindrance was removed.
Room was given them. Invitation followed invita
tion to places where pleasure reigned. There were
those who saw the game and wished it well. The
Jesuits were delighted. The President had placed
the church of Rome under great obligations, by hav
ing his Secretary of State address a letter to the Ital
ian government, asking that the American College
be saved from confiscation. It was done ; and the
name of the President, as his own successor, was
taken up on the tongue of the press, and rolled like
a sweet morsel for months. He deserved what was
said of him. He was an honest, true, and good
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President, and proved that he was an exception to the
rule, that a Vice-President succeeding to the presi
dency must be a traitor to the party who elected
It was thought that he could be used as an instru
ment in furthering a scheme upon which thought,
money, and much planning had been bestowed. He,
the son of a Baptist minister, had married an Epis
copalian, and had been led by his wife into the more
fashionable church, and was one of the most devout
of worshippers. The Jesuits saw in that step but
the beginning that might lead hini into the fold of a
church in which apostolic succession was a claimed
verity, and not a pretence. Along this path thou
sands had marched into the embrace of Rome. Why
not this cultured man ? Up came the happy couple
to this polite and clear-sighted man, who, handsome
in face, faultless in dress, dignified in mien, and
courteous in speech, is the centre of attraction.
As the young and happy couple pass, a friend to
the President remarks : "A most desirable match ! "
61 She is a Roman Catholic," replied the President.
" What of that ?" was the outspoken ejaculation,
as a shadow of disappointment swept over the faces
of the Jesuitical throng; "surely, that would not
form an obstacle in the opinion of a gentleman who
allowed his heart-love to rule so much of his life as
was shown in his devotion to his wife."
The President s face flushed, and his eye flashed,
as he replied: "It would make a vast difference.
Between a girl professing faith in Christ and a
member of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and a
Roman Catholic, is a wide remove. Should the
young man marry into that home, they will be com
pelled either to be married in a Roman Catholic
church with its attendant display, or an altar must
be built in the home, and the bridegroom must con-
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sent to having their offspring given up to the church
of Rome. This would, in my opinion, be an insepar
able barrier to the union."
A polite acquiescence was given.
In another part of the room was a hurried conver
sation. That woman distinguished in securing the
advancement of any one connected with the Roman
Catholic church, from a man who empties ash-barrels
to one seeking a Cabinet appointment, spoke warmly
and wisely : " Sound him. Find out if those are his
views. If so, we will have done with him."
To the girl the words were recited. She would
gladly have turned from Rome. She was tired
of its empty mummeries, and longed for something
better. These men, who know so well the weak
nesses of w r omen, knew how to manage her. She
soon found herself fenced in to Jesuitical influences,
and apart and away from Protestant associations.
A Jesuit took the young man to ride, and there
learned that he would stand with his household
that he would not surrender to Rome.
The father of the girl, a devout Roman Catholic,
believed he could remove the hindrance. The house
hold quoted the words of the President in approval.
To the President went the Congressman, assured of
his power to carry all before him. The son of a Bap
tist minister, born in the north of Ireland, and know
ing Romanism as it is, and hating it because of its
deserts, was firm and decided. Archbishop, bishop,
priest and Jesuit, tried to persuade, and finally to
compel. In vain ! Rome had reached a stone wall !
It could not go over it. It was difficult to go around
it ! At this time the President was riding on the
high and crested wave of popularity. A second term
was an assured fact, in the estimation of the million.
His name was on the world s broad tongue like the
sound of the falling of a force. His praises filled
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the press, and rolled like a tide current over the
world. He was honest, capable, industrious, and a
mighty manipulator of men. His knowledge of the
requirements of high life surpassed all his predeces
sors. As a club man, he was an authority ; and as a
referee in difficult cases, his decisions were marked
by sound judgment and fairness, and were not ap
pealed from. To break such a man, seemed like a
herculean task ; but the Jesuits said it should be
done, if he did not bow to Rome.
The health of the young lady gave way. The Jes
uits made the most of it. The father and the mag
nates of the church grew desperate. There was great
commotion in fashionable life. Rome had never
been baffled before. Could she be baffled now?
The Congressman, beaten and almost broken, took
his daughter to his home, where she died, it is said,
with a broken heart. This was as the Jesuits de
sired. Then came the organizing against the Presi
dent, and in favor of a man more subtle, more com
plaisant, more ready to yield.
As was natural, thought turned towards a General
of the army, the friend and companion of Grant, and
the most popular man in Washington. His tall form ;
short, quick, nervous step ; always well dressed, but
never gaudily ; a hater of new clothes, and of new
ways ; with an extraordinary head, big and full at
the top ; with a brain that had been too big for the
body, had not the latter been developed into a bun
dle of iron tissues by the hardest of physical exer
tions, he was a man to be pointed out as the com
manding feature of any gathering. His " great cam
paigns, in which he generally slept on the ground
without a tent, in the earlier part of his military
career, gave him a constitution which served him
well. His face was rough, and it had a strong ex
pression. He was pat-tongued. Epigrams flew
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from it like sparks from an anvil. Though nominally
a member of the church, he was noted for his pro
fanity. He carried a cigar in his mouth almost as
much as Grant. When he smokes he smokes all
over, so to speak. He seems to be disgusted with
his cigar, and sucks in its nicotine as though it was
the hardest thing in the world to get it to draw. He
brushes off the ashes with a quick, nervous gesture,
and throws away the cigar when it is only half
smoked. He uses the weed fully as much as any
man in the army.
" The shape of his head was much discussed at the
time it was alleged he was a lunatic. This was when
he told Simon Cameron and Lorenzo Thomas that it
would take 200,000 men to drive the rebels out of
Kentucky. These two gentlemen laughed at the
idea, and would not accept his advice concerning
Kentucky. He then asked to be relieved. He was
ordered elsewhere, and another took his place. This
was on November 30, 1861 ; and on the same night,
the report that he was crazy was sent out by a cor
respondent of one of the New York papers.
"During the first part of Andrew Jackson s term
he lived in the family of Senator , at , O. ,
a sleepy country-town of perhaps a couple of thou
sand inhabitants, where the boys loafed about the
stores and listened to the older loafers tell stories.
His comrades called him * Gump, and one of them
says he was among the laziest of them, and that he
could always be found at the stores of an evening.
4 He was a different fellow/ says this gentleman,
6 from , who was a great reader, and a sort of
plodder. Gump had a great idea of going to West
Point, and he talked of it continually. I shall never
forget the day his uncle finally got him his appoint
ment. He was so happy he could hardly contain
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himself, and he almost walked on the air for several
"He graduated at the early age of 20, and entered
the artillery, serving first in the Florida war, as first-
lieutenant during the Mexican war, in California as
adjutant-general. Ten years after he graduated he
married his patron s daughter, who was then Secre
tary of the Interior, and the wedding came off in grand
style at Washington. Clay, Webster, Calhoun and
Tom Beiiton were all present, as was also the Presi
dent and his cabinet. He was thirty years old then.
His beard was a dingy red, and he had a face bronzed
with service in the West. The couple went to New
York, Niagara Falls, and then to Washington. He
stayed in the army three years after his marriage ;
but in 1853 resigned, and went to San Francisco,
where he opened a broker s shop. He afterward had
a bank at No. 12 Wall Street, New York City. But
neither of these ventures could have paid very well ;
for very shortly after, we find he left for Kansas,
where his brothers-in-law were practising at the bar.
" His family are missed, in a social way, for the
general was the life of many a dinner table. He
lived very nicely here, in a three-story building, on
street, very near the White House, Worrnley s Hotel,
and the Riggs. Here he had an office in the base
ment, where you could find him at odd hours work
ing away. At the War Department he was, perhaps,
the most busy man in the great building. He seemed
to be always going at lightning speed. In his eyes
the department clerk was as good as the long-winded
United States senator, and if he were in a good humor,
the clerk would be just as well received. If he were
in a bad humor and this was by no means uncom
mon both had better keep away. This quality of
the general has tended much to the good of the
army. Military men, especially of the lower orders,
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are inclined to pomp and snobbery. His blunt,
off-hand ways, his plain, practical ideas, and his bold
way of calling a spade, a spade, has done much to
foster common sense among the military men here.
"His habit of sometimes letting his feelings carry
him away came near being his ruin in the days fol
lowing the accession of Andrew Johnson. Johnson,
you know, repudiated his agreement with Joe Johns
ton at the time, though he afterwards practically
adopted it. One of the leading war correspondents
of the time tells the story. He says :
" Sullen at the repudiation of his agreement with
Johnston, angry at the interference of Gen. Halleck
with the co-operative movements of himself and ,
furious at the countermanding of his orders by the
Secretary of War, he marched to Washington with his
army, breathing vengeance upon Halleck, and hate
and contempt upon Stanton. No nation safely before
witnessed such a spectacle a victorious general, at
the head of 80,000 men devoted to him and jealous
of his fame as a part of their own, marching to the
capital of the country, with threats against his mili
tary superiors breathing from his lips and flowing
from his pen. For days he raved around Washing
ton, expressing his contempt for Halleck and Stanton
in the strongest terms, and denouncing them as mere
non-combatants whom he despised. He wrote
to his friends, and through them to the pub
lic, comparing Halleck and Stanton to cowardly
Falstaffs, seeking to win honor for the deeds he
had done, accusing the Secretary of War of sup
pressing his reports and endeavoring to slander
him before the American public in official bulle
tins. For days his army roamed the streets of the
capital with the same freedom with which they had
roamed through the fields of war, and no man dared
to raise his voice in condemnation of their leader or
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approval of the superiors who had opposed him. No
Republic ever was in such danger before, and yet
the danger was hardly suspected.
"This affair, however, blew over, and he never
was called to account for his actions. No record was
made of the offense against discipline, which in any
other country would have cost him, not merely his
position, but his reputation, and in many armies his
life. Still, in all this he never meditated anything
against the Government and never forgot his alle
The timber out of which to make a President was
clearly in this mm. The wife being approached was
not averse to whatever might give power to the
church, and so readily yielded consent. It was
believed that the manner in which the father had sur
rendered his idolized son to the Romish priesthood,
was an indication of his readiness to yield compliance
to their demands.
He was in St. Louis when the proposition was
broached. "It won t do," replied the great General.
"My wife is a Roman Catholic, and most devoted to
the interests of the church. That is enough. The
country would never give its support to a man
who, when elected, would be compelled to see the
White House overrun with priests." That outspoken
man was abandoned.
There was another ready. A man born a Roman
Catholic, converted to the Protestant faith, pro
fessedly, and having united with the Congrega
tional church, and having a wife devoted to Christian
work, moving in the first circles, seemed to be
fitted, if it could be managed.
There was much in his favor. His relatives were
all Roman Catholics. His mother died in the
church, and he had said that for a "dozen presiden-
*Frank G. Carpenter, in Special Correspondence.
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cies, he would not say a word against the religion of
his mother." His two sisters were at the head of
two convents. His brother was a devout Romanist,
and it was said that his father died in that faith.
In the town and much in society, was a man sixty
years of age, who was noted for wearing on his
breast a medal given him by Pio Nono, because he
belonged to his Pontifical Guard.
THE JESUITS, MALE AND FEMALE,
Turn to this man as suited to their plan. He is
introduced into the family of the senator. He
becomes acquainted with the daughter. Barriers are
removed. The way is open. Marriage is proposed.
The daughter joins the Roman Catholic church, and
an altar is built in the home, and the "medal"
soldier of Pio Nono marries the daughter of the most
magnetic man of the age.
At once his name is taken up. Banners are worked
for him. "Tlie dividing of the Irish vote is spoken
of as a desirable result. Here is a man, born a
Roman Catholic, and becoming a Protestant, and
yet supported by Romanists for the Presidency. Is
not thut a proof that in this land there is no danger
from Rome? That Romanists can separate church
State, and vote for a man who left them, and yet not
so bigoted as to oppose them? It seemed as it the
American people were dead to apprehension. The
Pope was spoken of as a well-meaning gentleman.
Romanists in high positions began to be consulted by
politicians. The bargain was made. The goods
were not delivered. Never was a more propitious
time to act. The guns of Protestantism were still.
In all the land, with here and there an exception,
those who had fought Romanism had grounded
arms. Romanism was a menace, no more. From
every altar the nominee was praised, and tickets
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were given to the faithful to be deposited in the bal
WHY WAS HE NOT ELECTED?
There is but one answer : God was against the
sale. At a great reception, which was claimed to
be a spontaneous outpouring of the ministry con
nected with the Evangelical denominations, to offset
any fear arising from the statement which was
going abroad, that the proposition had been made
to the Vicar- Generals of the Archbishop of New
York and Brooklyn, "Give me the Roman Catholic
vote, and I will do for Romanism what has never
been done before"
So the ministry came from far and near. The
gentleman expected to deliver the address was called
away. The Rev. Dr. Burchard was invited to take
his place. He was an old man, given to allitera
tions. He said, in a low voice, so low that few
heard it, " We are Republicans, and don t propose
to leave our party and identify ourselves with the
party whose antecedents have been Rum, Roman
ism and Rebellion."
A reporter of the Press overheard these words,
took them down, sold what he claimed would defeat
the Republican and elect the Democratic candidate,
and having pocketed his money, gave them wing.
The words were caught up and flashed over the
world. Had the nominee said, That is true, all
would have been well. Why did he not say it?
He could not ! Behind him was the altar, the giving
away of his child, the bargain, the Jesuit host all
about, the demand that he prove himself true to
Rome, however false he might be to the principles
professed when he turned from Rome and gave him
self professedly to Christ. The next day it was
printed ; and he said : "For a dozen presidencies, J
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would not say a ivord against the religion of my
mother." Why not? If the religion of his mother
was so bad that he decided he ought to turn from it,
it wus so bad that it ought to be opposed, no matter
who professed it.
Defeat came. Why? One paper called it " bad
luck." The candidate said, " It was because it
rained ; " and other excuses were given.
Was it " bad luck," or God? It is a question
which Americans will do well to answer.
On the deck of an ocean steamer, men discuss the
probable chances of prominent men for the presi
dency. Among them is a Jesuit, who keeps his
own counsel. Just opposite the Never Sink, as they
approach the harbor of New York, the Jesuit asks
one who has been foremost in the discussion, " Do
you know who selects your President?"
"The people," was the swift reply.
"The Pope of Rome. Everyman who succeeds
has to have his endorsement."
" My friend, "said the politician, " your words re
mind me of a story. A Quaker friend was in conver
sation with a neighbor who was addicted to falsehood.
One day, when he had told a whopper, he said :
Friend A , I do not like to call thee a liar, but
if the Mayor of Philadelphia should ask me to show
him the greatest liar I ever knew, I would go to thee
and say, Friend A , the Mayor wants to see
thee. And so, sir, though I would not like to call
you a liar, this I will say, never was a man more
mistaken. Let it be known whom Rome wants, and
the American people will want and have the other
man, and the history of our late conflict proves it.
Eome may conspire against, and perhaps defeat, but
cannot elect. She may hinder, but cannot control."
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" As an illustration, who is more popular than this
man? For whom was such a welcome ever pre
pared? True, Home did her best, and pulled the
wires well, and the menials who do her bidding
thought to throw the nominee of the party into the
shade, and foist this man to the chief place again ;
but once more a power they could not control took
charge of affairs. Seventy-five thousand people
looked and waited ; some of them tossed on the
waves grew sick and weary, and he did not come.
The play came on with Hamlet left out, and once
more the Hand which wrote on the palace-wall,
" Mene, mene, tekel, apharsin," appeared, the plan
was marred, and the scheme was ruined.
Will this teach the people that it is safe to be true ?
Jesuitism is potent, but not all-potent. God Almighty
has managed the affairs of this world a good while.
As a result, the Pope is a prisoner in the Vatican,
and Romanism needs only to be exposed to be
expurgated from the plans of politics, and the pur
pose of this great free nation,
A WARNING AND AN APPEAL ; OK, THE HUGUENOTS,
THEIR FOLLY AND THEIR FALL.
Shall Americans contend for the truth or betray it?
This is the question of this hour, and of all hours.
Men are created for God s glory. God does not
waste his time or energies in holding up and bless
ing those who refuse to glorify him. He gives them
up. He lets go of them. If they insist on going to
the Devdl, to the Devil they go, and make out of it
what they can.
It is a glorious privilege to know God. It is the
manifest duty of those who know him to be thankful
for the knowledge, and to use it wisely and well.
Whoever fails to do this, makes a loss. The Hugue
nots, in their folly and their fall, illustrate this truth.
There was a time when those who professed the
religion of Jesus Christ w^ere in the majority in
France. Then they had an open Bible, a Sabbath
sacred to holy uses, the wealth, the culture and the
government. They lost all because they did not
champion and proclaim the truth God had intrusted
to their care.
When Henry IV., in 1598, issued the Edict of
Nantes, and acknowledged God, and evidenced his
gratitude by giving to Christianity, as taught by the
Gospel, a place in the lives, thoughts and plans of
men, he enriched France.
When Louis XIV., in 1(585, revoked the Edict
of Nantes, and gave his country over to the black-
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hearted villainy and terrible despotic hate of Roman
ism, to be despoiled and degraded, he brought ruin
upon the State, and eternal infamy upon his name.
Then France was taken off the list of God-fearing
States, and was enveloped in night, shrouded in su
perstition, that begets ignorance, poverty and death.
In 1537 there were eight hundred and six churches
in France. A bright future awaited them. France
has known three periods in her religious life. Let
us name them :
/. The Period of Repression, 15121559.
The attempt was made to reform the Papal church.
It was in vain. As well might the attempt be made
to clean out sin. It is ours to come out from it, and
bring others out. This we can do. It is what men
are within that makes them. It is what Romanists
believe that damns them. The cry should be,
44 Come out from her, my people, that ye be not
partakers of her sins." Protestants hoped that error
unrebuked would be dispersed by the truth. This
is the dream of thousancls in America. It is a false
dream, built on a false hope.
II. The Period of Organization, 1559-1562.
This was the hour of battle. The Huguenots
named as torch-bearers for Christ Jesus. The min
istry and nobility revealed courage, and as the
churches followed, effective work was done for God.
III. The Period of Resistance, 1559-1662.
This period deserves a book rather than a paragraph.
Figures, some fearless and uncompromising, others
devilish and malignant, are on the stage. Gaspard
de Coligni, Charlotte Laval, Jeanne d* Albert, mother
of Navarre, how grandly they stand forth for God
and the right !
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Over against them are, Charles IX., Catherine
do Medici, Alva, the Duke of Guise and others, whose
deeds blacken the page of history. See them at
work ! " Bring out the books and burn them," is
the savage demand of the Duke of Guise, as he reins
up his horse in front of the barn where 3,000 have
gathered to hear Leonard Morel as he preaches
" In whom do you believe?" is the question asked
of the watchman at the door. " In the Lord Jesus
Christ," is the brave answer. " Cut him down."
"Dogs, rebels, Huguenots, heretics, "are the appella
tions thrown at the worshippers of Christ. The
watchman is slain. Leonard Morel is struck with
a musket. He falls on his knees and prays for his
enemies. "Bring out the book/" The Bible is
handed him. He opens and looks at the date. "This
the Bible? It is 1500 years and more since this book
was written. It was printed within a year. Won
derful truth ! The Bible is old and yet new !
Huguenot was, at the onset, a term of reproach. After
wards, it became an honor. About the origin of the
name there are various legends.
Davila finds a derivation for the name in the fact
that they worshipped in cellars near Hugo s gate.
Others declare, the name came from Hugh Capet,
from whom they claimed descent. It was not his
origin, but his deeds, that made the Huguenot a
He has been described as a "soldier with the Testa
ment in his knapsack, the Psalms on his lips, the
name of Jehovah on his banner, the conviction of the
Divine Presence as his leader" that made him a
On the field of battle the vision of liberated France
was ever before his eye. His enemies were the
enemies of God, who began each new war for the
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Papal idolatries. He fought them for Christ s sake,
and fired each shot with a prayer, and saw with
thanksgiving a routed foe. He rushed to the charge
without fear ; he cut right and left with unsparing
severity ; he made it his work until the order was
given to desist. He held every truce and treaty
sacred. He had mercy for the prisoner, the maimed
and the dying. He forgave as generously as he
fought grievously. He boasted not of his own valor,
if he was the conqueror ; he had no despair if he was
the vanquished. He murmured not if he must die for
Christ and country. He gave his soul to God,
expected his pockets to be rifled, his body left
for the eagles, and his bones to bleach under a sun
that might yet shine upon a liberated kingdom.
"Honest as a Huguenot," was the proverb coined in
his honor and made current through long genera
tions, because of what he was when he was at his
best God s child, fearless for the truth, the foe of
Eomanism, the champion of liberty, at any cost or
Gaspard d Coligni was the flower grown on the
stem of a Huguenot s faith. He was born Feb. 16,
1517, at Chatillon sur Laing. He c;ime from good
stock. His father was a brave soldier and an incor
ruptible patriot. He trained Gaspard to be brave.
There were three boys, who loved each other, Odet,
Gaspard and Francis. The star of the Eeformation
shone in the mother s heart. The senior, Gaspard,
chief marshal of the army, while hastening to relieve
a beleaguered town, became overheated and died.
He made a will commending wife and children to the
king and brother-in-law Montmorency, and died on
the ninth day of his illness.
The grief of the fatherless lads found some solace
in their mother s love, and in their affection for each
other. Whoever was loved by the one was loved by
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the other two, and whoever offended one had an affair
to settle with the entire three.
The mother of Coligni, in the home of Margaret
Navarre, became the governess of Jeanne d Albert,
the mother of Henry IV. It is probable that she
made much of the friendship of this wonderful womnn,
who, for diversion, read the Holy Scriptures, saying,
" In perusing them, my mind experiences its true and
perfect joy." His uncle was a rough soldier.
Coligm s conversion to Christ was the foundation
of his strength. It was in the castle at Ghent, while
a prisoner, that he received a copy of the Scriptures,
while on the brink of the grave. Audelot his brother,
a prisoner at the same time, was released because ho
permitted the mass to be said in his cell. Coligni
paid his ransom, and retired to his castle at Chatillon.
There Charlotte Laval, his good wife, became his
teacher. When urged to profess Christ, he replied :
"It is wise to count the cost of being a true
"It is iviser to count the cost of not being a true
Christian. In the one case, the cost is temporal. In
the other, it is eternal. In the one, the body pays it ;
but in the other, the soul pays it for ever."
"You are right," replied the Admiral, "and if
you are ready for the sacrifice, so am I ; " and from
that time he professed the reformed creed. He gave
the Scriptures to his servants, forbade profane swear
ing, engaged pious teachers for his children, and
established schools among the poor. One day, being
at Vaterille, listening to the word of God, the truth
broke in upon his mind. He then saw that the true
preparation for the Supper is not in the elements used,
but in the person using them ; he must have faith in
Christ. It was then he came into the full fellowship
of the church.
The influence of this act was felt far and wide.
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Happy for France if there had been a John Knox
at the head of the Reform, a man bold in the face
of royalty, scathing upon usurpers, reading the
tendency of political schemes, so that he could
march abreast of events, the standard-bearer of the
The Reform-movement went on. Churches mul
tiplied. A fourth of the kingdom became identified
with the churches of Christ.
The uprising of (he Huguenots called for Coligni.
He hesitated. His wife knew the struggle in his
soul. She could not sleep. She thought of them
enjoying every blessing in the palace, while their
brethren were in dungeons, or on the bare fields with
the storm beating on them. He urged that war
might only increase the number of the sufferers.
k Your argument leaves your brethren hopeless. It
does not show a strong faith in God," said the good
wife. "He has given you the genius of a great
Captain. You have confessed the justice of their
"Lay your hand on your heart, wife, and tell me:
Could you receive the news of defeat without a
murmur against God, and a reproach upon your
"I could." "Are you prepared to see your hus
band branded as a rebel and dragged to a scaffold,
while your children are disgraced and begging their
bread of their enemies, or serving them as scullions
and slaves ? I give you eight days to reflect upon
it, and if you are prepared for such reverses, I will
march." "The eight days are already expired,"
said the intrepid wife. "Go sir, where duty calls."
He went. We cannot follow him. From camp to
cabinet ; from cabinet to camp : now wounded, now
defeated, but always undaunted, he went forth, until
August 24, 1572, when, on the night of St. Barthol-
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omew, he was murdered while a guest of the king;
his body thrown from the window to the ground,
had its head severed, and then was placed upon a
gibbet ; afterward his body having been dragged
about the streets, put over a fire and scorched, and
thrown into the river, taken out again as unworthy
food for fish, dragged again by boys and lewd
fellows of the baser sort, was hung up again on
the gallows, feet upward, where it remained for two
All this, and volumes more, was the background
Now, look forward. Dark grows the night because
God s children withhold the light. Bright grows the
day whenever the messengers of Christ have the
courage of their convictions.
So long as the Huguenots filled out in their lives,
and by their proclamation of the truth, the concep
tion which the world still cherishes of them, they
Henry IV. illustrates, in his life and in his death,
the uselessness of cowardice. He had courage on the
battlefield, a rough wit, and in some circumstances
would have shone as a leader. But in that age he
lacked the faith which was essential to victory. He
did not see Him who is invisible. His life was not
built on Christ, the corner stone. The trial came.
He was weighed in the balance and " Mene, mene,
tekel, upharsin" was as true of him as of Belshnzzar.
He was found wanting in steadfastness of purpose.
He surrendered to Koine when a lad. He dared not
be a Daniel. He trifled when he should have been
resolute and firm. Brave and skillful in war, he
lost the advantage of his splendid victories by trying
to serve both parties. At last, he tore himself
treacherously from the faith of his mother, and from
all the associations of his early years. On the 25th
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of July, 1593, he knocked on Sunday morning at
the Cathedral of St. Dennis. The door was opened,
and upon the bishop demanding his errand, he re
plied, " To be admitted into the church of Rome."
He bowed at the altar, and swore allegiance to the
Roman fai th . He acted a lie . He thought the t hrone
of France worth a mass, and consented, because Rome
would not assent to his ruling on any other con
ditions, to become a godless king. He had asked
once before, "Could you confide in the faith of an
atheist? And in the day of battle would it add to
your courage to think you followed the banner of a
perjured apostate ?" Brave words, had he followed
them ; but he surrendered, and lost all. The Rome
he sought to placate, turned from him with fresh
aversion in 1598, when he issued the Edict of Nantes,
twenty-six years after the massacre of St. Barthol
omew. The essence of the edict was limited tolera
tion. Liberty of conscience was permitted to the
Huguenots ; but except in special parts of France,
they could not exercise their religion. They were
declared eligible to office. Their poor were admit
ted into the hospitals ; but they were required to
keep the Romish festivals and pay tithes. For a
time the edict was observed, and under its shelter the
Huguenots pursued their way, enjoying a measure
of quiet and liberty. Then, had they preached the
truth, they might have achieved a victory. But they
suppressed it. They lacked the courage which was
displayed by Antonio Court, w T ho gathered little
crowds about him, and went on until there were thou
sands listening to his voice.
The History of French Protestantism from the
promulgation of the Edict of Nantes, by Henry IV.,
in 1598, to the revocation of the same edict by Louis
XIV., in 1685, naturally divides itself into three
periods. In the first, extending from that great
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religious transaction which marks the end of the
civil wars of the sixteenth century, to the taking of
Rochelle in 1629, the Protestants were at one time
by their own fault, and at another by the artifice of
the nobles, involved in the troubles which agitated
the regency of Maria de Medici ; and in the first years
of the majority of Louis XII., beheld themselves
deprived of the fortresses or towns yielded to them
in pledge for the fulfillment of treaties of their polit
ical organization, and of their influence in the State.
Had they resisted this inroad, they could have
held Romanism in check. But when the Huguenots
allowed a solemn compact to be trifled with, Rome
believed her hour had come, and marched boldly on.
God gives every body a chance. Accept it, and
salvation is assured. Reject it, and all is lost.
In the second period (1629-1662), which extends
from the taking of Rochelle to the first persecutions
of Louis XIV., the Protestants lived as Protestants
in America are trying to live. They surrendered
their influence as a religious party. Their chiefs
pulled down the banner of a protest against the
aggressions of Rome and sought for quiet and pros
perity and thrift.
They disturbed France no longer, as their ancestors
had done, by incessant armed risings, but enriched
themselves by their industry.
FOR A TIME THEY PROSPERED.
Deprived of their cautionary fortresses and of their
political organizations, gradually excluded from
employment at Court and from nearly all civil offices,
they turned to agriculture and to manufactures,
and amassed fortunes. They redeemed lost pro
vinces from sterility.
The Protestant burgher-class in the towns applied
itself to industry and commerce, and displayed a
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degree of activity and intelligence coupled to integrity
such as never have been surpassed in any country.
In Guienne it nearly monopolized the wine trade ; in
the two governments of Brouoge and Oleron, a dozen
Protestant families held a monopoly of the trade in
salt and wine which amounted yearly to twelve or
fifteen million livres.
Those of Caen, sold to English and Dutch merchants
linen and clothes manufactured at Vive, at Falouse,
and at Argenton ; thus securing a rich outlet for this
branch of national industry. Though bad Catholics,
Eomanists were compelled to admit that the Reformed
were excellent men of business.
Swamped by a ruinous legislation to which they
assented, and tolerated in the midst of a population
entirely outnumbering them, which ever regarded
them with suspicion, constantly the butt of all calum
nies, subjected to the control of imperious laws which
compelled them to exercise perpetual constraint upon
themselves, they forced public esteem by their aus
terity of morals and irreproachable loyalty. By the
confession of their enemies, they respected law, they
obeyed God, loved their fellowmen, and were true
to them. They lived as seeing Him who is invisible.
"Renowned for their commercial intelligence and
activity, they were no less famous for their industry.
More devoted to labor than other subjects of the
rsalm, because they could only hope to equal them by
surpassing them in the quality of their work, they
were still further stimulated and advanced by the
principles of their religion." Those principles forbid
their inaction in thought. Compelled to enlighten
themselves by diligent study, there came necessarily
the superior light, which spread itself over all their
actions, and rendered their spirit abler to grasp all
ideas the application of which would tend to the
advancement of their weal,
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Besides, the working year of the Protestants con
tained three hundred and ten days ; because they set
aside only the fifty-two Sabbaths and a few solemn
holidays, which gave their industry the advantage of
one sixth over that of the Catholics, whose working
year contained but two hundred and sixty days, inas
much as they set apart to rest above one hundred and
They adopted the system of combined labor. They
organized their establishments on the principle of the
subdivision of labor, directed by skilful directors,
who employed thousands of workmen, whom they
stimulated by the lure of salaries duly proportioned
to their services, thus offering the surest and most
ready method of arriving at the most perfect, most
abundant, and most economical production. As a
result, France possessed the finest manufactories of
wool, and shared the rich commerce in broadcloth
which belonged to the English, the Hollander, and
The invention of the stocking loom increased the
number of the manufactories of stockings, of wool,
silk, thread, and cotton. The Protestants distin
guished themselves in this new art, and propagated it
in the district of Sedan and Languedoc. A portion
of that province, the upper Gevaudon, a mountainous
and sterile region, almost entirely inhabited by the
" Reformed " was celebrated for the serges and cod-
dices made. In that region all the peasants had
trades. The children spun from the age of four
years and upward, and the whole of the family thus
It was the Protestants of France who gave the
world the best linen cloth. The tanneries of Touraine,
the silk factories of Tours and Lyons, were all owned
and worked by Protestants.
Nor did the Protestants confine themelves to maim-
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factures and commerce, but entered largely into all the
liberal careers. Numbers of the Reformed distin
guished themselves as physicians, as advocates, as
writers, as well as preachers, and contributed largely
to the glory of the age of Louis XIV. The eloquence
of the pulpit at this date owed to the Protestants its
extraordinary success ; for while with Romanists
preaching was but an accessory part of worship, it
had become with their adversaries its most important
" They ask only their bellyful of preaching," said
Catherine de Medici, sneeringly, while she Avas yet
vacillating between the two creeds. Having charge
to teach the religion of the gospel, culture was essen
tial, then as now. Hence, there shortly arose a riv
alry between the two religions, from which the
pulpits reaped good results. Because of the power
of the pulpit, Bossuet, Massilon, Bourdalue and Fen-
elon became famed in the Catholic world as preachers
more than priests. In all the principal cities of the
kingdom, the Protestants maintained flourishing
schools of learning. Grand as was this period in
many respects, it was wanting in fidelity to the truth.
When they knew the truth and had the opportunity,
they failed to glorify it, neither were thankful.
The same men who had braved death and torture
were found to be unarmed against Court favor. They
had not the courage of their convictions. Expediency,
rather than principle, ruled them.
In this land a similar state of things exists. Men
are silent in regard to the aggressions of Home, when
a proclamation of the truth would overthrow error
and cause errorists to flee. The surrender to Rome
on the part of politicians was only matched by the
conduct of the French when they might have spoken.
The consequences of this betrayal can only be
described in part.
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An edict of the 17th of June, 1681, permitted
boys at fourteen, and girls at twelve, to abjure the
Protestant religion, and re-enter the bosom of the
This law was attended with terrible results. It
undermined all parental authority in Protestant
families. It is in line with the Romish claim
that all sprinkled children are Romanists. It was
enough that any one should affirm to the authorities
that a child wished to become a Roman Catholic,
having joined in prayer, or made the sign of the
cross, or kissed the image of the Virgin, to cause his
abstraction from the care of his parents, who were
forced besides to pay him a pension ; so that the loss
of the child was followed by the loss of property.
The synods received an order to accept neither
legacies nor donations. The ministers were for
bidden to speak in their sermons of the wretchedness
of the times, or to attack, directly or indirectly, the
Roman Catholic religion. To all this the "Reformed"
assented without remonstrance or resistance. They
surrendered their liberties, and by so doing were
After this, came the systematic attempt for the
conversion of the Protestants. Troops were quar
tered upon them.
In many villages the priests followed the soldiers
through the streets, crying, "Courage, gentlemen !
it is the intention of the king that these dogs of
Huguenots shall be pillaged and sacked."
The soldiers entered the houses, sword in hand,
sometimes crying: "Kill, kill!" to frighten the
women and the children. So long as the inhabitants
could satisfy their rapacity, they suffered no more
than pillage. But when their money was expended,
the price of their furniture consumed, and the orna
ments and garments of their wives disposed of, the
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dragoons seized them by the hair to drag them to
church ; or, if they suffered them to remain in their
houses, made use of threats, outrages, and even
tortures, to compel them to be converted. They
burnt, at slow fires, the feet and hands of some ;
they broke the ribs, legs, or arms of others with
blows of sticks. Others were cast into damp
dungeons, with threats of leaving them there to rot.
The soldiers said that everything was permitted to
them except murder and rape.
On the 28th of July, 1681, Charles the Second
was compelled to sanction a bill which granted the
most extensive privileges to those French refugees
who should demand an asylum in England. From
Holland, and from Germany as well, a cry of indig
nation arose. Louis XIV. called a halt. The perse
cutions stopped for a time ; but in 1684 they began
again, and then it went from bad to worse.
New tortures were tried. Families were deprived
of sleep by the noise of soldiers. The voice of
drums, blasphemies, hideous cries, the crash of fur
niture, and constant shaking, by which they compelled
these miserable wretches to stand up at night and
keep their eyes open, were some of the means
employed to deprive them of sleep. To pinch them,
to prick them with sharp instruments, to pull them
about, to suspend them with cords, and a hundred
other cruelties, were the sport of these executioners,
by which their hosts were reduced to such a state
that they were glad to promise whatever they wished,
to escape these barbarians. The soldiers offered
indignities to women. They spat in their faces, they
made them lie down on hot coals, and put their heads
in heated ovens in which the vapor was enough to
As a result, thousands succumbed. It is a terrible
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picture, and the sufferings God s children were com
pelled to undergo are too horrid to relate.
Is there not a lesson for us ? Can we not see the
peril in surrendering to such a foe ?
There was no pity in their hearts. They had no
respect for citizenship. Bigotry ruled.
On the 22d of October, Louis XIV. signed at Fon-
tainbleu, the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. The
principal provisions of the revocation edict were the
following : The Protestant temples were to be demol
ished, and the exercise of their religious worship was
to cease, as well in private houses as in the castles of
the nobles, on pain of confiscation of property and
personal arrest. The ministers who should refuse to
be converted, were warned to leave the kingdom
within fourteen days, on pain of being sent to the
Protestant schools were to be closed ; the children
who were born after the publication of the edicts
were to be baptized by the priests of their parishes
and brought up in the Roman Catholic faith. A term
of four months was granted to refugees wherein to
return to France and apostatize ; that time expired,
their property was to be confiscated. Protestants
were formally prohibited from leaving the kingdom
and carrying their fortunes abroad, on pain of the
galleys for men, and confiscation of their property
and personal arrest for the women. All the provis
ions of the law against relapsed converts were
The Reformed " who had not changed their
religion, were to remain in the kingdom until it
should please God to enlighten them.
On the same day that the edict of revocation was
registered, the destruction of the temple of Charenton,
built by the celebrated architect Jacques Debrosse,
and capable of containing 14,000 persons, was com-
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menced. Five days afterward, no trace of the edifice
remained. The church at Caen, which had so many
times re-echoed to the eloquent voice of Dubas, fell
in ruins, to the flourish of trumpets and shouts of joy.
At Nimes, Cheyrau was permitted to preach a last
discourse. He did so, and appealed to his hearers to
persevere in the faith unto death. The temple was
torn down and became a heap of ruins. In the midst,
could long be remarked a single stone, beneath the
overthrown front, bearing this inscription :
"HERE IS THE HOUSE OF GOD, HERE IS THE
GATE OF HEAVEN. "
The Protestants who had believed Louis XIV. to
be the greatest king of the age, and that he would
yet see his mistake, had their eyes opened to the
actual condition of affairs when they saw 800 temples
destroyed, and learned that troops had been ordered
into the North of France to complete the work done
in the South.
Protestant servants were denied employment, and
noblemen were compelled to employ Roman Catholics.
These severities bore fruit. The galleys were filled
with prisoners. Everybody that could escape, did so.
To London, to Germany, to America, they came in
uncounted numbers. France was emptied of its best
Over 1,300,000 of the good and well-to-do citizens
went forth as exiles. In a celebrated memoir
addressed to Louvais, in 1688, Voubon deplores the
desertion of 1,000,000 men, the withdrawal of $60,-
000,000 of money, the ruin of commerce, the ene
mies fleet increased by 9,000 of the best sailors of the
kingdom, and their armies by 600 officers and 12,000
The north of France became depopulated, as well
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as the south. Of 1998 Protestant families who
dwelt in the district of Paris, 1202 emigrated.
The priests celebrated the day of revocation by
public thanksgiving. What sorrows followed in that
train ! A law passed by the constituent assembly of
1790, restored to the descendants, now dispersed over
the face of the globe, the title of French citizens, on
the simple condition of returning to France and ful
filling the civil duties imposed on all Frenchmen ;
but it could not bring back to France the loss which
it had sustained. For almost a century the Eoman
Catholic church had full sway in the whole of France.
It possessed all the edifices of worship, all the
schools, the press, the government. The Protest
ants had lost the right of possessing their creed and
the right of existing.
Treachery never pays, and wrong-doing secures
terrible harvests. After St. Bartholomew came re
morse to Charles IX. He lived but twenty-one
months. He could not get away from the horrid
memory. The man who had boasted on the fatal
night that there should not be a single Huguenot left
to reproach him with the deed, was waited on at his
death-bed by a Huguenot nurse. "Alas, nurse, dear
nurse," he would say to her, " what blood, what
murders ! Oh, my God ! forgive me. What shall
I do? I am lost." And the nurse would point him
to God as the only hope.
Henry IV., after betraying his mother s and his
soul s highest interests, was smitten by an assassin s
dagger, and died as the fool dieth.
Louis XIY. saw his kingdom impoverished, his
commerce gone, his name execrated throughout the
world, and lay in his magnificent palace at Versailcs
dying. He is utterly wretched. The people curse
him, and hurl stones and mud at his coffin.
The church of Home gains nothing but infamy.
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The Revolution struck with awful justice and rent
the fetters of French Protestantism, smiting into
the dust the throne which had so long oppressed
And so Protestantism is revived. There are about
1,000,000 Protestants. Many of them have ac
quired a distinguished place in the Church and in the
1. France lost the light, because Christians hid it
beneath a bushel. They forgot that they were the
light, and if they refused to let their light shine they
increased the gloom. They enjoyed the truth ; but
they did not preach it. The aggressive gospel of
Luther and Zwingle was set aside. They turned to
money-getting and thrift, and left the affairs of State
John Knox, with his words, spoken and written,
drove his enemies into their retreats. By his ad
dresses and sermons he made public opinion, roused
the popular heart, and directed the popular will. In
France there was no such man. There was too little
enlightened opinion. The military spirit died with
the moral. It was not the call to arms, no more than
the call to repentance. It was not the fight for lib
erty, because it was not the good fight of faith.
2. Their second great mistake was in proclaiming
the possibility of a Itomanist being saved while he
clings to the errors of Rome.
For this the leaders argued, even as men argue it
now. In our churches are ministers and men who
claim that the Roman Catholic church stands in asso
ciation with evangelical churches as a church of
Christ. In the discussion of the Freedom of Wor
ship Bill, this position was maintained.
Romanists are treated not as errorists ; but as if,
despite their errors, they are Christians. In faith
and practice they are Pagans. We are not speaking
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against them as citizens, but denying that they are
Christians, while they are Romanists. They are in
peril because tradition is preferred to Scripture,
Mary to Jesus, and the decrees of the church to the
commands of Christ. They must have the Gospel
brought to them, and they must believe it to the
saving of their souls, or they must be lost.
"Venerable ministers of the Gospel," exclaimed
Eev. Charles Chiniquy, "Rome is the great danger
ahead for the church of Christ, and you do not un
derstand it enough. The atmosphere of light, hon
esty, truth, and holiness in which you are born, and
which you have breathed since your infancy, makes
it almost impossible for you to realize the dark mys
teries of idolatry, immorality, degrading slavery,
hatred of the Word of God, concealed behind the
walls of that modern Babylon. It is that ignorance
which paves the way for the triumph of Rome. It
paralyzes the arm of the church of Christ."
WHY THIS INDIFFERENCE?
The answer of this man, who was fifty years a
priest, is : " Because modern Prostestants have not
only forgotten what Rome was, what she is, and what
she will forever be, the most irreconcilable and pow
erful enemy of the gospel of Christ ; but while she is
striking Christians to the heart, by cursing their
schools and wrenching the Bible from the hands of
the children ; while she is battering down and scaling
the walls and storming the citadel of their faith, they
are recognizing her as a branch of the church of
IT IS A DELUSION AND A SNARE.
Rome, that shed the blood of our forefathers, that
refused to keep faith with heretics, that fired the
inquisition, and lit its fires with devilish and malig-
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nant joy, is in our midst, attempting to chain our
people to the feet of her idols.
Romanists, that murdered Henry IV. , that stabbed
Coligni to the heart, that burned a Huss, a Ridley
and a Latimer, and that plotted the death of Abra
ham Lincoln, and attempted to stab Liberty, are
here to fight with desperation, and do their utmost
to destroy the liberty our fathers fought for, and we
ROME NEVER COMPROMISES.
Upon the ministry of this hour, a fearful responsi
bility is devolved. Let them reckon Roman Catho
lics as a part of the religious world, who can be
saved while they adhere to the errors of Rome, and
the people will see no cause for alarm, and no rea
son why efforts should be made to rescue the millions
in our midst from the grasp of the destroyer.
Let them proclaim the truth, that Rome hates the
Bible, destroys the Sabbath, apologizes for crime,
and teaches that a criminal coming to the confes
sional may, by the act of a priest, become white
as a saint, and the people will see a reason for jails
and penitentiaries being filled with members in good
standing of the Roman Catholic church. They will
see that honesty and integrity are imperilled by such
teaching. Romanism is a lie, coined in hell, and
built up as a system through the machinations of
Satan. It must be resisted, and Romanists must be
warned of their peril, because they who believe in
such error are damned. It is our duty to preach the
gospel to our prisoners. This may be their only
opportunity to hea-r the truth. Romanism cannot
usurp the place of Christianity without destroying
the foundations of liberty. The Christians of this
land must fearlessly proclaim the truth, if they will
save the State.
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It was the boast of Napoleon that he made way
for the talents. But such talents ! Talents wrig
gling to a height where the lion could scarcely find a
foothold, or the eagle a place to perch !
It was, and is, the Bible that opens the way for the
talents. Because of this redemption has come, and
where it is welcomed, and loved and used, there is
prosperity. Life tells. God takes care of his own.
III. A third mistake was made when they con
sented, for any reason, to be silent concerning the
errors of Rome.
This peril confronts us. Pulpits are closed ngainst
this. Professors of religion apologize for, it they
do not champion, the errors of Rome. While the
Huguenot consented to be silent, Rome worked on.
The result was seen not only in the Revocation of the
Edict of Nantes, but in the state of affairs which
made that revocation a possibility.
It is not safe to forget the drift and trend of
Romanism. All who keep their eye on public
affairs, know that Romanism is organizing for the
battle of Armageddon. The Watchman u St. Louis
boldly says : " There are indications that before the
next half century has passed, the two great bodies
into which Christianity is divided will engage in a
real conflict, in which the strength of the seminal
principle of each communion will be put to a real
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and
in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor
of God, that ye may be able to stand against the
wiles of the devil." Some one must fight, if truth shall
reign. Americans have great trusts committed to
The need of the hour is an awakened church.
Luther could not have got on without the Elector of
Saxony. John Wicliff would have been a failure had
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not the Duke of Lancaster stood by and for him.
Pray that some of our mighty laymen, now giving
money for colleges and churches, may lay their
offerings on this altar, and help us to sow the broad
fields of our American life with Gospel seed.
At the battle of Gettysburg, one hundred and fifty
cannons poured their leaden and iron hail upon our
men. It seemed difficult to live in the galling fire.
Our soldiers were burrowing in the ground, hiding
behind what they could place before them, when
they heard a band of music. At its head rode Han
cock, hat off, saying to the men : " Gentlemen, that
cannonade means that our enemies are getting ready
to attack us. Be ready. Prove to be men." Our
boys were ready ; and when the battle-wave struck
the Rock of Patriotism, it broke, and victory came,
in which the South glories now equally with the
So shall it be in this fight with Eome. The defeat
of Rome is the salvation of the Republic, and the
deliverance of Romanists from superstition, that pro
duces the sleep of death. Let us glorify God as
God, and work while it is day.
ROMISH SCHOOLS OUR PERIL.
Rome is an old fighter. In the battle now raging
for the utter overthrow of the public school system in
the United States, Rome is managing her forces and
planting her blows in accordance with well-defined
plans ; which, having won victories elsewhere, she
iDelieves are sure to produce the same results in her
present desperate encounter. Thousands in pulpits
and in pews, in shops and on farms, think resistance
worse than folly. This class are either betraying the
youth of America, or are silent while others are doing
the infamous work. It is time to call a halt. For
more than fifty years, because of this false security
which has held the church in the arms of a delusive
slumber, and through the cowardice or ambition of
party leaders, this nation, with all its unparalleled
opportunities and responsibilities has been drifting
toward a surrender of the children to the control of
the priests of Rome. Rome s opposition is open and
defiant. It has assumed four distinct phases : 1. In
1840, Archbishop Hughes gave this order : "Take the
children out of the public schools, as you would take
them out of devouring fire ; " that was to get them
away from Bible influence. First, denounce the
schools because the Bible is read ; then banish the
Bible and denounce them as godless is the pro
gramme of Rome.
2, The Bible having been removed as a text-book,
Rome fought general education, and became the open
and avowed champion of illiteracy.
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3. In 1884, the Plenary Council ordered the build
ing of parochial schools. The decree was mandatory ;
save in cases where a sufficient cause can be shown,
satisfactory to the bishop. Neglect of this require
ment subjected the offender to the usual penalties of
disobedience. This was the beginning of the trouble
with Edward McGlynn. Educated in the public
schools, he believes in them and fought for them.
4. The children of Roman Catholics have been
taken out of the schools, and now they claim the
right of giving direction as to how the children of
Protestants shall be educated. The inquiry has been
raised, If the schools are so bad that Roman Catho
lic children cannot attend them, are they not too bad
for Roman Catholic teachers to teach in them ? If
Romanists insist on educating their children, ought
they not to stop all interference on their part with
the educating of children not belonging to them ?
Vicar-General Brady, of St. Louis, declares : "We
are doing all that we canto prevent our children from
going to the public schools. We must educate our
own children. They are educated in the public
schools merely as animals would be educated. Their
souls are not attended to."
In Monseigneur Segur s " Plain Talk About Prot
estantism, "there is this language (p. 98) : "The free
dom of thinking is simply nonsense. We are no
more free to think without rule, than we are to act
without one." Page 105 : " We have to believe only
what the Pope and the Bishops teach. We have to
reject only that which the Pope and the Bishops con
demn and reject. Should a point of doctrine appear
doubtful, we have only to address ourselves to the
Pope and the Bishops to know what to believe.
Only from that tribunal, forever living and forever
guided by God, emanate true judgment on religious
belief, and particularly on the true sense of Scripture."
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The Roman Church, claiming to understand the
secrets of God and to have the keys of heaven and
hell, and blasphemously presuming that it can con
trol the destinies of men to save eternally or damn
forever in a life to come undertakes to bestow for
money the joys of the former, and inflict the pains of
the latter, on those who refuse credulity and cash.
To make this trade prosperous, ignorance is a neces
sity. "It uses money, mendacity and pretended
miracles, to capture and enslave the ignorant. It
assails everything tending to enlighten the masses, on
whose ignorance it feeds. Italy, Spain, Ireland,
Mexico and Lower Canada sufficiently illustrate its
terrible work. Human vitality and intelligence have
probably been brought to a lower point in Spain than
in any other civilized nation on the globe, and the
Roman Church is largely, if not solely, responsible
for this national degradation and ruin. It seeks to
do is most successfully preparing to do is doing
slowly for the United States what it has done for
Spain. Our free-school system destroyed, political
integrity destroyed and parties corrupted, the goal is
not far away."
II. THE CHARACTER OF THE EDUCATION GIVEN
The trouble in Ireland to-day is, that England is
dealing with a people who believe that all is right
which is done to advance the power of the Church.
Hence, there, as here, jurymen utterly ignore the
value of their oath where the interests of the Church
require it. For this reason alone, the right of " trial
by jury" is threatened.
ROMANISM GIVES A LICENSE TO VIOLATE,
in some way or other, every precept of the Deca
logue. If men who are Romanists are truthful, hon-
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est and upright, it is because they are better than
the religion they profess compels them to be.
Rome teaches that the Sabbath may be set aside
after hearing mass. Merchandizing and the selling
of goods at auction is permitted on the Sabbath. He
who performs any servile work on the Lord s Day or
on a festival day, let him do penance three days on
bread and water. If any one breaks fasts prescribed
by the Church, let him do penance on bread and
water twenty days. Three days on bread and water
for disobeying their God ; twenty days for disobey
ing their Church ! Absolution is given for stealing
small amounts to pay for masses, though the law is,
that masses shall be given without pay. The com
mand : " Thou shalt have no other gods before me,"
is blotted out of the Bible by papal hands. Children
trained in these schools can lie, steal, break the Sab
bath, and commit sins of any kind, and obtain abso
lution from a man no better than the guilty party.
ROMANISM INJURES CITIZENSHIP.
The oath of allegiance, by which the thousands ot
Romanists have obtained the rights of the ballot,
citizenship and office, which, if regarded as obliga
tory, would bind every one of them to support the
principles of Republican Government, is valueless ;
because, whenever Roman officials shall see fit to
require this oath to be disregarded, every good
Romanist, to a man, is bound by his allegiance to the
Pope, which he believes more binding than his alle
giance to the Government, to disregard it. As proof,
we quote from " Abridged Course of Religious In
struction for the Use of Colleges and Schools," by the
Rev. Father F. X. Schouppe, of the Society of Jesus,
with the imprimateur of H. E. Cardinal Manning,
London Burns and Gates, 1880, p. 203: " The
Church can dispense from a promissory oath. This
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power belongs to the Pope and bishops, who exercise
it either themselves or by their delegates."
Page 278 : " The civil laws (of Christendom) are
binding in conscience so long as they are conform
able to the rights of the Catholic Church."
This gives a warrant to the false swearing which
floods our cities with voters who have passed from
their landing in this free country to the courts where
they take a false oath, to the polls, where, with
another false oath, they swear in their vote, and to
the confessional, where their oath is held to be a jus
tifiable, " dispensable" lie for the benefit of the Holy
Koman Catholic Church, whenever it shall chance so
to regard it, or order him so to regard it. He also is
taught, " that the Sacrifice of the Mass remits sins
and the punishment due them" (p. 210). "The
power to remit sin is judicial. The priests are made
judges of the sin and the disposition of the sinner.
Their absolution is just as efficacious as would be that
of Jesus Christ."
Educate the youth in this way, and " repeating"
at the polls becomes an act of grace, and honest elec
tions become an impossibility. As has been said :
" A ship-load of foreign Romanists lands in New
York ; indulgence in the lump is by the Cardinal or
Archbishop granted, to swear that they have resided
here long enough to become citizens ; they go before
the court, become naturalized, get their final papers,
and at once go to the polls and help elect the Cardinal s
candidate for Mayor. Thus perjured citizens capture
polling places and carry elections in the interest of
Romanism." * It does not stop here.
Dissimulation is lawful, according to Liguori, as
is gambling. " Laymen, or even the clergy, do not
sin if they play cards principally for the sake of
* Romanism, by A. J. Grover, p. 18.
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recreation, or for a moderate sum of money. Plence,
gambling among priests is extensively practised.
DRUNKENNESS NOT A VICE.
"It is lawful to administer the sacraments to
drunkards, if they are in danger of death, and had
previously expressed a desire of receiving them."
Hence, the murderer executed in the Tombs October
18th, 1883, cried for whiskey at the last, though he
had partaken of the Eucharist. Priests are known
to drink to excess. One, in a country town, rode
home drunk almost every Sabbath evening after per
forming vespers in the chapel. All knew it, and it
w r as tolerated because the guilty debauchee was a
priest. It was Liguori who said: "Among the
priests who live in the world, it is rare, very rare, to
find one that is good."
Alexander Campbell, in his discussion with Arch
bishop Purcell, read from Liguori the permission for
priests to keep nieces, or concubines. Archbishop
Purcell denied that Liguori ever taught anything so
abominable, and that all who say so are guilty of a
flagrant violation of the commandment which says,
"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy
neighbor." The book was brought in, and another read
therefrom these words: "A bishop, however poor
he may be, cannot appropriate to himself pecuniary
fines without the license of the Apostolical See ; but
he ought to apply to pious uses that which the Council
of Trent has laid upon non-resident clergymen , or upon
those clergymen who keep concubines." Marriage
is a mortal sin. Adultery is pardoned.
AVHATEVER HURTS ROME IS DECRIED, WHATEVER
HELPS ROME IS APPROVED.
* < What answer ought a confessor to give when
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questioned concerning a truth which he knows from
sacramental confession only ? "
" He ought to answer that he does not know it,
and, if it be necessary, to confirm the same with an
" Is it lawful, then, to tell a lie?"
"He is questioned as a man, and answers as a
man. As a man he does not know the truth, though
he knows it as God."
* What if a confessor were directly asked whether
he knows it through sacramental confession ? "
" He may reply, t( I know nothing. "
Is such a religion good enough for the youth of
America ? It is the true position that the nation has
no right to give children into the hands of Roman
Catholics ; and that prisoners in our penal institu
tions ought to be taught and helped by men who be
lieve and teach the Word of God ?
ROMAN CATHOLICS SHOULD NOT HAVE CHARGE OF
Jerry McCauley, the river thief, and a most des
perate character, went to Sing Sing as a member of
the Roman Catholic communion, in full and in good
standing, as are the majority of our prisoners in all
our penal institutions. It was because Jerry Mc
Cauley heard the Gospel and found a Bible in his
room that he was converted, came out of the Church
of Rome, and became a benefactor to hundreds of
III. THE STATE HAS NO RIGHT TO RECOGNIZE THE
If the Court of Special Sessions can commit to a
Roman Catholic institution children between seven
and fourteen years of age, as idle, truant, vicious,
or homeless, then the State can put its neck into the
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yoke Rome has been framing for many years, with
the consent of a silent Christianity and a crafty
political sentiment. The law says,
NO CONNECTION BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE.
The free exercise and enjoyment of religious pro
fession and worship, without discrimination or
preference, shall forever be allowed in this State for
The Constitution of these United States, in pro
viding for religious liberty, expressly declares that
no restraint should be exercised: "that Congress
should make no law respecting an establishment of
religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;"
but recognizing the principle introduced to the notice
of mankind by Roger Williams, who repudiated
toleration, because the right to tolerate implied the
right to persecute ; who would not accept as a favor
from man what had been given to him as a right by
God ; who held that, when God made the eye he
conferred the right to look, and when he made the
Bible he conferred the right to read it, or have it
Gambetta, in France, saw this peril, and warned
the State against giving over children to the control
of priests to be educated and guided by them. " I
am," said the great French statesman, "for the sep
aration of the schools from the churches. I consider
this not only a question of political, but of social
order. Let not Catholics, with their claims to ex-
clusiveness, have anything to do with the propaga
tion of necessary knowledge, which it is the State s
duty to see imparted to every citizen."
Gambetta knew Romanism as we in this free land
do not know it. Let us hear, and heed his manly
The parochial school, notwithstanding the disposi-
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tion of the American people to try and conciliate their
Roman Catholic fellow-citizens, is a fact. The decree
has gone forth from the Provincial Council, sanc
tioned by the Pope, that such schools shall be built
in every parish. Compromise is a failure. Not
only does Rome seek to take her children out of our
public schools ; but, under one pretence or another,
she seeks to fill these public schools with Roman
Catholic teachers. Let us have done with this.
Put the Bible back where it belongs. Let it become
a text-book for the children of America. Teach
them to be good readers of the Scriptures. Said
Sir William Jones, who was familiar with Greek,
Roman and Oriental literature: " The Bible, inde
pendently of its Divine origin, contains more sublim
ity, purer morality, more impartial history and finer
strains of eloquence than can be collected from any
other book, in whatever language it may have been
written." John Jay, in an admirable address on
" Rome, the Bible and the Republic," quotes the dis
tinguished Robert Hall as saying : " Wherever the
Scriptures are generally read, the standard of morals
is raised," and adds : 4 The indebtedness of this coun
try to the Bible, and its recognition by our Govern
ment in other days, are things not to be forgotten ;
and it is well to keep permanently before our people
this distinguishing feature of our history." The
great body of the original settlers on our newly dis
covered continent were men whose ancestors had
fought for civil and religious freedom on the various
battle-fields of the old world. They loved liberty,
and loved God s Word. Is it not true that their
love of liberty sprung from the influence of the truth
upon their hearts? Follow the Bible around the
world, and in its trail you find liberty, progress and
enlightenment. The Bible ought to be made a text
book in every institution helped by the State, be-
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cause of what the Bible does for the State. " There
never was found," said Lord Bacon, " in any age of
the world, either religion or law that did so highly
exalt the public good as the Bible." If Romanists
do not like it, let them dislike it. What they love,
hurts liberty. What they hate, helps it. It is our
duty to make our schools so good that no ambitious
child of the State can afford to be educated elsewhere.
I make my appeal to you, not as religionists, but as
citizens, Do more than refuse to divide the School
Fund. Do this : from this time on, provide for chil
dren between seven and fourteen years of age who
may be idle, truant, vicious or homeless, better
places in which to educate them than the protecto
ries or convents under Romish control. They are
children of the State. Give them religious instruc
tion, by giving them access to the Word of God. It
is our bounden duty to teach them Christian moral
ity, essential to their education as good citizens. In
the words of Ulysses S. Grant:
" Let us labor to add all needful guarantees for the
most perfect security of free thought, free speech,
and free press, pure morals, unfettered religious
sentiments, and of equal rights and privileges to all
men, irrespective of nationality, color or religion.
Encourage free schools, and resolve that not one
dollar in money, no matter how raised, shall be ap
propriated to the support of any sectarian school.
Resolve that either the State, or nation, or both com
bined, shall support institutions of learning, sufficient
to afford every child growing up in the land the
opportunity of a good common school education."
POPERY IN THE UNITED STATES
is little known. It is hidden. It works in darkness.
Such is the courage and faith of the American people
that they consent to the existence of Roman Catholics,
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and to carry out their purposes and plans as they do
the existence of Methodists or Baptists, or any reli
gious denomination. They act as if it were ungen
erous and unfair to uncover the wiles of Jesuitism,
and disclose the perils which threaten the nation
because of the doings of Romanism. In Canada, the
actions of this desperate foe can be studied in detail.
The programme with which the people of the United
States is confronted has been carried out. There,
Rome is dominant. The harvest of Rome has ripened,
and Rome is consolidated.
SEPARATE OR PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS EXIST IN CANADA
under the sanction of the law. They are sustained
by taxation, as are Protestant schools ; and there are
many ways in which Roman Catholics are permitted
to place Protestants at a disadvantage :
1 . Five Roman Catholics can petition for a sepa
rate school. The petition being granted, all Roman
Catholics within a radius of three miles every way
can be compelled to support it. No matter if they
prefer the public school, the law compels them to
support the Roman Catholic school. All known to
be Roman Catholics, and all believed to be Roman
Catholics, are taxed, and deliverance from the same
can only be obtained by a process of law, which is
irritating, if not dangerous.
2. All Protestant teachers are compelled to go
through a public examination, and must measure up
to a certain grade, or fail in obtaining a school. In
Roman Catholic schools, the Christian Brothers and
Nuns can be appointed without examination. To
day, the teachers of parochial schools are not exam
ined in the United States, and the schools are not
inspected ; the youth are surrendered to Rome.
3. For the Protestant schools, books are selected
by the Board of Public Education. In Roman
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Catholic schools, they select their own, and may fill
them with treason, with superstition and paganism,
and there is none to say them Nay.
4. In the public schools the Bible is read ; not in
Roman Catholic schools.
5. The public schools are inspected; not the
6. In the election of trustees for public schools, a
secret ballot is used. In Roman Catholic school
districts, the trustees are elected by their signing
their names, and voting Aye or Nay. This is the
fight now going on. The laity want the secret ballot,
that they may get rid of priestly control. The open
ballot is kept, to preserve the control of the priests.
As a result, Roman Catholic children are growing
up in ignorance. It is proven in Canada, as in
Ireland, or Spain, or Mexico, that Rome hates edu
Doctor Maguire, a Roman Catholic professor of the
University of Dublin, and one of the senators of the
Royal University of Ireland, has written a pamphlet
THE EFFECTS OF HOME RULE ON EDUCATION,
in which he declares "that a large and logical section
of the Roman Catholic Church is conscientiously
opposed to the spread of education." He quotes the
Dublin Review (vol. xx., p. 192, second series), in
which it is contended, that the absence of higher
education is a powerful preservative against apos-
tacy," and tells a story of the Archbishop of Tuam,
who closed a school, and when one of the villagers
asked how he was to send his children to school,
replied: " What do they want with a school? Let
them learn their Catechism."
Cardinal Cullen, in 1870, before the Educational
Convention, said : " It is admitted that the Scotch and
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the Irish are of the same origin, and shows that since
the Scotch embraced the Reformed religion they have
outrun even the English ; while, wherever the Irish
embraced Romanism, they have retrograded." What
a contrast between exclusively Roman Catholic Con-
naught and Protestant Ulster !
Education is the basis of national liberty and
prosperity. In elementary instruction, Protestant
States are incomparably more advanced than Roman
Catholic, and representative governments are the
natural outgrowth of Protestant populations ; while
despotic governments are the congenial governments
of Roman Catholic populations.
DeLavelieye declares, that " the control of edu
cation by the Roman priesthood leads inevitably to
illiteracy, with its tendency to degradation, pauper
ism and crime."
The Roman Catholic Review for April, 1871,
said : * We do not indeed prize as highly as some of
our countrymen appear to do, the ability to read,
write and cipher. Some men are born to be leaders,
and the rest are born to be led. The best ordered and
administered State is that in which the few are well
educated and lead, and the many trained to obedi
Said a priest: "I would as soon administer the
sacraments to a dog, as to a Catholic who sent his
children to a public school."
THIS IS ROMANISM.
It ought to be fought ; not for the sake of Protest
ants alone, but because of the imperilled interests of
the children of Roman Catholics. Illiteracy imperils,
here and everywhere.
In Canada, one-sixth of the population furnishes
more than five-sixths of the crime. Occasional
disclosures reveal this peril. When the bill was
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introduced into the Legislature of New York, pretend
ing to secure freedom of worship, it was proven to
have been proposed by a Jesuit, and was introduced
by Senator Gibbs ; " because," as he said in a letter
to the New York Evening Post, Oct. 27, 1875, "of
certain pledges made by the leading Republicans to
the Irish Catholic voters for their support of James
G. Elaine." If in America, with our centuries of
training in the principles of Republican government,
with our hereditary devotion to the elementary prin
ciples of civil and religious freedom, such bargains
can be made, and Irish votes can be sold in blocks for
the betrayal of the principles of the Constitution, is
is not time to ask if Popery be not in the way?
The American people are generous to a fault.
They have treated Romanists as if they were
brothers. They have been slow to believe they were
tolerating an enemy. They are waking up. They
are seeing the peril threatening liberty. They are
getting on their armor, and they will fight the good
fight of faith ; and, though a little slow in starting,
they will get there all the same ; and will yet have
the honor of digging as deep a grave for Romanism
as they have furnished for human slavery. They are
becoming weary of such sentiments as, that " Too
much education would make the poor discontented
with their lot, and unsuit them for following the
plow, using the spade, hammering iron, or building
walls." It is American to believe in education for
the people ; and to thank God that the path opens to
the highest positions from the door of a hovel as well
as from the door of a palace. In our public schools,
the rich and poor are equals. As Macaulay said :
4 During the last three centuries, to stunt the
growth of the human mind has been her chief object.
Throughout Christendom, whatever advance has been
made in knowledge, in freedom, in wealth, and in the
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arts of life, has been in inverse proportion to her
power. The loveliest and most fertile provinces of
Europe have, under her rule, been sunk in poverty,
in political servitude, and in intellectual torpor ;
while Protestant countries, once proverbial for ster
ility and barbarism, have been turned by skill and
industry into gardens, and can boast of a long list of
heroes, statesmen, philosophers and poets."
WHAT IS NEXT?
Rome will soon have her children housed in the
parochial school buildings. Then will come the
refusal to pay taxes. Property will be levied and
held up for sale. Who will buy it? They who do
so, will run the peril of losing their lives. The
scenes of Ireland will be re-enacted in the United
States. Then will come the end. The American
people will make short work of Romanism, when
once they understand its motives, its animus and
Resist this devil of Romanism and it will flee.
Put the Bible back where it belongs ; and make it a
reading-book for the youth of America. Adopt the
Prussian system, or devise a better, and see to it
that the children of the State are given religious
instruction ; so that they shall know the chief doc
trines of the Bible, the life and teachings of our
Lord, the history of the Christian religion in connec
tion with contemporary civil history. Let there be
no sectarianism taught, and no antagonism engen
dered, and then shall our schools become the bulwark
and defence of liberty.
PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS AND INDULGENCES.
The morning cometh ; and with it, and before it, the
struggle. In Pennsylvania, and notably in Pittsburg,
Romanism is doing its worst. Bless God for a
McCrory, a Riddle, and many more brave and elo
quent men, who have sounded out the bugle-call
to action. There they seek to take possession of
the public school buildings for parochial school
purposes. The language of Superintendent Higbee
furnishes good reading. He says :
" In the case submitted to us, it is stated that the
Board of Directors have rented or leased a public
school building for the use of a parochial school,
where the peculiar dogmas and usages of a particular
church, or where only a certain distinct class of
children, are admitted. In this case, granting the
statement of facts, there is not only an unauthorized
violation of trust, but a seeming indifference to what
is explicitly forbidden by the constitution of the
Commonwealth itself. A school is not sectarian be
cause taught by a minister, or priest, or any church
official ; but a school controlled or managed in the
interest of any particular church organization, up
holding its peculiar confession and ecclesiastical prac
tices, and used for any class of pupils exclusive of
others, is certainly sectarian. It does not in any
sense belong to our system of public schools ; on the
contrary, no money raised for the support of the
public schools can be used for its support without
a direct violation of the constitution. Were school
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directors permitted to lease our public property thus,
at their own will, for the use of parochial schools,
the ecclesiastical convictions of the directors could
turn our public schools into as many different kinds
of church schools as there are different denominations
in the Commonwealth."
If the opinion of the State Superintendent of schools
should fail to induce the offending school board
to abandon their position, the case will be appealed
to the courts.
VICTORY IS IN THE AIR.
The home is being stirred. In New York, the im
perilled condition of the little ones is coming to the
surface. It is found that in New York and Brook
lyn, and many of our large cities, Romanists find it
convenient to have the children shut out of school
privileges. In New York, after counting noses, it is
found that there are 20,000 children of school-age
in this city for whom no room is provided in the
school buildings. These little ones are of the class
who most need to be provided for, being the children
of poor people, who cannot afford them private in
struction, and whose education must necessarily be
completed by the time they are fourteen years old.
None of the grammar schools are crowded, but in all
the primary schools the pupils are huddled together
like sheep, and are left always to the care of the least
The City says, it cannot afford to build school-
houses enough to supply the demand, or at least its
Board of Education says so. Yet it maintains a free
college, with a big faculty, where only twenty out of
every class remain to graduate, and pays for a nor
mal school which has 2,000 girl pupils, only one-
seventh of whom remain for the four years of the
course. These two institutions are the special pets
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of the Board, and everything else is sacrificed to
them. If any of the English nobility are in the town
they are taken up to the normal school to see 1,000
bright-faced American girls go through their calis-
thenic exercises, and are gravely told that this is a
specimen of our educational system. They are never
taken to the primary schools.
In Boston, another line of attack is being made by
the church of Rome. " Swinton s Outlines of His
tory " has been removed from the Boston schools on
the vote of the majority of the School Committee,
of whom 13 are Protestants and 11 liberal Roman
Catholics. The passage which caused the exclusion
of the work is the one relating to the institution of
the sale of indulgences. This is the beginning of
another grand assault, in a different direction, upon
our American free school system. First, it was the
Bible that Papists couldn t tolerate, and miserably
weak-kneed, compromising Protestants all over the
land were willing to expel the Bible from the schools
in order to placate the Papists. But it was soon dis
covered that it was not the Bible, but the schools,
which Roman prelates and priests disliked so much.
Now these men, who cannot tolerate our public
school system, begin to find fault with the text-books,
claiming that our books on history do not teach what
is true. They say, the facts of history concerning the
Roman hierarchy are falsified, and the best way to
remedy the matter is to bundle the books right out of
the schools !
The Evangelical Alliance uttered their protest.
Brioe S. Evans, and other patriotic citizens, called a
meeting in Faneuil Hall, and uttered their protest,
asking that the Swinton s book be put back. This
is their reply :
"The Board has been asked by a petition from mem
bers of the Evangelical Alliance, to reverse its deci-
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sion and restore the book to the list. By reference,
this request has been considered by the Committee,
and a hearing has been given to the representatives
of the Evangelical Alliance. In the judgment of the
Committee, no reasons have been presented which
should determine the Board to change its action.
The reasons assigned are as follows :
" 1. The book . . . has in its favor ten years of
public indorsement and use. It has had a long and
honorable tenure of our public schools."
To retain books in the schools on this ground,
would be to resist all improvement in the quality of
text-books, and deprive the pupils of the benefit of
progress in the provision of new matter, and better
forms of instruction.
"2. The paragraph and footnote, on account of
which the book has been rejected, contain a true
sta tement of h is tory . "
They do not contain an ample and definite state
ment of the topic concerning which complaint has
been justly made, to the effect that it was incorrectly
"3. The book ejected is upon the expurgatory
list of books of a certain religious sect."
The Committee were not aware of this fact ; it did
not enter into the grounds or affect the motives of
Quoted from " Instructions to Catholics," by Eev.
Xavier Donald Macleod. Boston : Murphy Mc
" By an indulgence is meant the remission of the
temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven.
Every sin, however grievious, is remitted through
the sacrament of penance, or by an act of perfect
contrition, as regards its guilt and the eternal pun
ishment due to it. But the debt of temporal pun-
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ishment is not always remitted at the same time.
The latter is done away with by deep penitence, or
by works of satisfaction, e.g., prayers, alms, fast
ing, etc., or by patient endurance of troubles and
adversities sent us by God, or by the satisfaction of
our Lord Jesus Christ and the saints, applied to us
by the church under certain conditions, which appli
cation we call an indulgence.
"An indulgence, then, is not a pardon for sin;
because sin must be remitted before an indulgence
can be gained. Much less is it a permission to com
mit sin, . . . for even God himself could not give
"In order to gain any indulgence whatever, you
must be in a state of grace."
But it is added : i For this Committee of free citi
zens to put its expurgatorial stamp upon the book
for the reasons alleged, is for it to ally itself with
that religious sect."
In the judgment of your Committee, the course of
action they have recommended was in the direct
line of their steadfast purpose not to ally themselves
either with or against any religious sect whatever.
The Committee, therefore, recommend the following :
The School Committee have given careful consider
ation to your petition and to the reasons presented
by your representatives as to the grounds on which
it is based, and respectfully reply to the same : That
they are not able to grant the request. They have
found no cause to change their judgment, that the
action taken with respect to the " Outlines of the
World s History," in view of their whole responsibil
ity and all the interests committed to their charge,
and all the circumstances, was just.
JOHN G. BLAKE,
JOSEPH T. DURYEA,
JOSEPH D. FALLON.
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Fortunate is it for the American people that this
fight has been begun in Boston. Public attention
had been called to the aggressions of Romanism. In
" Why Priests Should Wed" (p 303), attention was
directed to a sermon preached by Rev. Joseph T.
Duryea, D. D., in the pulpit of the First Baptist
church, on Thanksgiving Day, 1887, in which he
sought to remove all apprehension or alarm because
of the attack made by the Eoinan Catholic church
upon our public school system. He said: "I have
no religious prejudices." He further says : " I recog
nize the beneficent service to humanity of the Roman
Catholic church during the dark ages." Then and
there it was shown, that Rome made the ages " dark "
by extinguishing every light in her power, and by
putting to death millions of the lovers of Christ.
The bid for the support of the Roman Catholic church
was a success. At a public meeting, in which the
pastor of the Congregational church met with Roman
Catholics as friends and brothers, he told them of his
having bowed down to the Pope of Rome and of
having received his blessing. Whether he surren
dered to the church, and took the vows of a Jesuit, and
continues in the service of the Congregational church
that he may do the more harm to Protestantism and
more service to Romanism, is not known by the
American people. Jesuitism provides for, and pays
well for such service a-s the Rev. Joseph T. Duryea,
D.D., is now rendering. The Protestants of New
England owe it to the future of their youth that his
influence be withstood, and his servility to error
The following petition was drawn up and has been
largely signed and sent to this recreant minister :
" WHEREAS, The Rev. Joseph T. Duryea, D.D.,
lacks either the intelligence necessary to formulate a
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correct opinion concerning indulgences as taught by
popes and practised by priests, or the honesty and
bravery to tell the truth, preferring to ally himself
with the Roman Catholic Church, the open and
avowed enemy of public education, and the declared
champion of illiteracy here and throughout the world :
We, therefore, whose names are set to this petition,
for the sake of imperilled youth, most respectfully
ask him to resign his position on the School Board,
and give place to a better educated, or a more truth-
Let us turn attention to the statement authorized
by the Committee in regard to indulgences, and
confute it. They say : " By an indulgence is meant,
the remission of the temporal punishment due to sins
already forgiven." That is as far from being truth as
Romanists, helped by a Congregational minister, can
make it. Indulgences were an invention of Urban
II. in the eleventh century, as a recompense for those
who went in person upon the enterprise of conquering
the Holy Land. They were afterwards granted to
those who hired a soldier for that purpose ; and in
process of time were bestowed on such as gave money
for accomplishing any pious work enjoined by the
Pope. The dogma is as follows :
" That all good works of the saints, over and above
those which were necessary toward their own justifi
cation, are deposited, together with the infinite
merits of Jesus Christ, in one inexhaustible treasury.
The keys of this were committed to St. Peter, and to
his successors, the popes, who may open it at
pleasure, and by transferring a portion of this super
abundant merit to any particular person, for a sum of
money, may convey to him either the pardon of his
own sins, or a release for any one in whom he is
interested from the pains of purgatory."
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This is through and through an utter rejection of
Christ, in whom our life is hid ; and because we put oft*
anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communica
tion, and put on the new man, permitting the word of
Christ to dwell in us richly, the Christian looks upon
his own righteousness as filthy rags. Christ is all and
LOOK AT TETZEL.
He enters towns in procession, companies of priests
bearing candles and banners, choristers chanting and
ringing bells. At the churches a red cross was
set upon the altars, a silk banner floating from it
with the papal arms, and a great iron dish at the foot to
receive the equivalents for the myriads of years
in the penal fire of Tartarus. He came to Witten
berg. Luther s flock bought indulgences. It was
cheaper than going to confession. Luther was com
pelled to pronounce against them, pope or no pope.
This he did ; and declared that no man s sins could
be pardoned by them.
IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE REFORMATION.
On it went, deepening and widening like a mighty
river, sweeping all before it. Then, to the door of the
church he nailed the theses against indulgences, on
the last day of October, 1517.
There were ninety-five of them. Tetzel replied,
or got some one to reply for him, and burned
Luther s books. The students of Wittenberg stood
by Luther and made a bonfire of 800 books of Tetzel.
The act showed their contempt for indulgences. The
pope stood for the lie, and against the brave man tell
ing the truth, and issued a bull against the monk.
The Pope always stands for a lie. His feet are
planted on a lie. If there were no lie there would be
23 fi WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME.
The purgatorial theory is built on a lie. Indul
gences are linked with it.
THE FORM OF INDULGENCES THEN GIVEN
was as follows : " May our Lord Jesus Christ have
mercy upon thee, and absolve thee by the merits
of his most holy passion. And by his authority, and
of his blessed apostles Peter and Paul, and of the
most holy pope, granted and committed to me in
these parts, do absolve thee, first, from all ecclesias
tical censures, in whatever form they have been
incurred; then, from all thy sins, transgressions,
excesses, how enormous soever they may be, even
from such as are reserved for the cognizance of the
Holy See, and as far as the keys of the holy church
extend. I remit to you all punishment which you
deserve in purgatory on that account ; and I restore
you to the holy sacraments of the church, to the
unity of the faithful, and to that innocence and purity
which you possessed at baptism ; so that when you
die the gates of punishment shall be shut, and the
gates of the paradise of delights shall be opened ; and
if you shall not die at present, this grace shall remain
in full force when you are at the point of death."
Can any delusion be worse ?
The statements made by the Romanists, with the
assent of the Congregational minister, is, that indul
gences remit the temporal punishment of sins for
given to this they add: " Every sin, however
grievous, is remitted through the sacrament of pen
ance, or by an act of perfect contrition, as regards
its guilt and the eternal punishment due to it. But
the debt of temporal punishment is not always
remitted at the same time. The latter is done away
with by deep penitence, or by works of satisfaction,
e. g. , prayers, alms, fastings, etc., or by patient
endurance of troubles and adversities sent us by God,
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or by the satisfaction of our Lord Jesus Christ and
the saints, applied to us by the church under certain
conditions, which application we call an indulgence."
"An indulgence is not, then, a pardon for sin;
because sin must be remitted before an indulgence
can be gained. Much less is it a permission to com
mit sin ; for even God himself could not give such
permission." In order to gain any indulgence what
ever, you must be in a state of grace." 80 say these
deceivers ; and we are told that it does not interest
the masses of the community. To this we dissent.
Nothing interests them more. We have waded
through this long definition, not because there is any
truth or honesty in it ; but to show that, even if their
statement is based on fact, Swinton s statement con
tains an acknowledged truth ; and also to call attention
to the truth, that an indulgence, as taught by Rome,
is a stupendous lie, calculated to delude, and sure to
damn the believer who trusts to this artifice. Indul
gences had to do with sins to be committed. Accord
ing to a book called " Tax of the Sacred Roman
Chancery," in which are contained the exact sums to
be levied for the pardon of each particular sin to be
permitted, these are given :
Foi procuring abortion, 7 6
" simony, 10 6
lt sacrilege, 10 6
taking 1 a false oath in a criminal case, - 90
burning a neighbor s house, - 12
lying with a mother or sister, 7 6
murdering a layman, 7 6
defiling a virgin, 4
keeping a concubine, 10 6
laying violent hands on a clergyman, - 10 6
In the light of such a statement, taken from Roman
Catholic authorities, as much a fact as any other price-
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list, Roman Catholics claim that an indulgence can
only be granted in a state of grace. The fact is,
indulgences cannot be granted at all. To say differ
ently, is to belie the truth. Purgatory is only a
delusion. Roman Catholic teaching controverts the
truth. History simply shows that the Romish lie
was born in 1096, that Urban II. was its inventor, and
from that period deluded people have believed a lie
that they might be damned. In 1300, Boniface issued
an indulgence for all that would make a pilgrimage
to Rome. A price was put on sins like shopkeepers
wares, and remission of sins by means of indulgences
for jingling coin. The church, in 151 7, was acting on
the shameless principle of the Chamberlain of Inno
cent VIII. who said : " God willeth not the death of
a sinner, but that he pay and live." In one of the
pardon-tickets of 1517, there is a figure of a Doinin-
can monk with a cross, crown of thorns, and a burn
ing heart. In the upper corners is a nailed hand.
On the front are the words :
POPE LEO X. PRAYER.
This is the length and breadth of the wounds of
Christ in his holy side. As often as any one kisses
it, he has seven years indulgence." This has no refer
ence to sins forgiven, and it is a lie to teach differ
ON THE REVERSE SIDE :
* * The cross measured seven times makes the height
of Christ in his humanity. He who kisses it is pre
served for some days from sudden death, falling sick
The dealers put up the following notice :
" The red indulgence-cross, with the pope s arms
suspended on it, has the same virtue as the cross of
Christ. The pardon makes those who accept it
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cleaner than baptism, purer even than Adam in a state
of innocence in paradise. The dealer in pardons saves
more people than Peter. The abuse went on until
it became madness."
Tetzel sold his indulgences to robbers, thieves and
murderers, and claimed that they were as clean as
Adam before his fall so soon as the click of the money
was heard in the iron box. They tell the story of
Tetzel and a robber. He bought an indulgence for a
large sum, Avhich gave him the privilege of commit
ting any sin. The money went into the iron chest.
Through a dark forest Tetzel and his chest were
going. The robber stopped him, and demanded his
money or his life. Tetzel told who he was. "I
know you," said the robber, and pulled out the indul
gence. Tetzel read. His sin had found him out.
He lost his money ; and the story proves the utter
falsity of the claim that indulgences have only to do
Avith sins remitted. This sin was to be committed.
Then came Luther. The Bible chained to the altar,
had opened his eyes to the errors of Rome. Tossed
by doubt, distressed by sin, he had gone to Rome :
there he saw Romanism at its worst. The Bible in
Erfurt library taught him another lesson than that of
fasts and vigils. Luther now learned that a man was
saved not by singing masses, but by the infinite
grace of God. He said to the Pope fearlessly, as was
his wont : You are not God s vicegerent ; you are
another s, I think. I take your bull as an emparch-
mented lie, and burn it. You will do what you see
good next ; this is what I do." It was on the tenth
of December, 1520, three years after the beginning
of the business, that Luther, with a great concourse
of people, took this indignant step of burning the
Pope s decree in the market-place of Wittenberg.
Wittenberg looked on with shoutings. The whole
*Ludwig Hauser, p. 16.
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world was looking on. This was in 1520. In 1888,
Boston is summoned to take up this work, and
through remonstrance and argument kindle a lire
which shall spread wider and rise higher, until it
shall become unquenchable, and envelope all the
Say not that these questions of dogma should be
left to theological disputants. They belong to the
people. They influence life. They shape destiny.
HEAVEN OR HELL IS THE OUTCOME OF DOGMA.
Romanists deceive Romanists by statements which
are false as to fact, and designed to be misleading as
to inference. When they say, <* that in order to
gain any indulgence whatever, you must be in a
state of grace," they make a declaration utterly want
ing in truth. When Romanists talk about a state of
grace they deceive. Romanism ignores a state of
grace as Protestants understand it. The Bible teaches
that a man passes into a state of grace when he is
born again ; when he is regenerated by the power
of the Holy Ghost : then he becomes a new creature
in Christ Jesus. Romanism ignores all this, and
claims that an act of baptism, performed by a man,
washes away sin. In other words, Romanism rests
her hopes for salvation on baptismal regeneration
and the sacraments.
The Word of God teaches, that " whoever con
fesses with the mouth the Lord Jesus, and believes
in the heart that God raised him from the dead, he
shall be saved." Rom. 10: 9. When saved, he
would not take an indulgence to sin were it offered
to him ; and would not use it if he had a million.
He hates sin and loves holiness, when redeemed.
All this Luther saw, and learned that religion as it
professed to be, and religion as it was embodied in
the lives of church dignitaries, priests and friars.
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were in startling contrast. He knew his peril.
John Huss had come to Rome with all imaginable
promises and safe conducts. Rome turned her back
on them all ; they laid him instantly in a stone dun
geon, three feet wide, six feet high, seven feet long,
and burnt the true voice out of the world, choked it
in smoke and fire. " The elegant pagan Leo X., by
this fire-decree," says Girlylo, "had kindled into
noble, just wrath, the bravest heart then living in
the world." Indulgences were farmed out to a
bankrupt ; in their sale, there was no more thought
of religion than in the sale of lottery tickets.
Both lies are of the devil ; and how a Congrega
tional minister could forego the privilege of preach
ing the truth to the deceived, passes comprehension.
He ignored his commission. He belied his profes
sion, and betrayed his Lord. Either he knows
better than to intimate that, for stating a truth, a
book dealing with historic fact ought to be thrown
out of the schools, and acts in this manner to curry
favor with Romanists, and so ought to be retired
from the School Board ; or he does not know the
truth, and is unfit for the position. In either event,
the way out is his best way. The children need
either a more honest, or a more intelligent man to
represent their interests. This is not said in a spirit
of raillery or pleasantry. We are dealing with
momentous issues. God does not suffer us to trifle
with the truth. " For it is impossible that those
who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the
heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy
Ghost, and have tasted the good Word of God, if
they shall fall away, to renew them again unto
repentance." (Heb. 6 : 4, 5.)
Romanism deals with and in indulgences, in these
days of Leo XIII., quite as much as it dealt with
them in the clays of Leo X. Romanism knows no
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improvement. Evolution theories may apply to
science and to art, but not to Romanism. What
Rome was in the dark ages, she is in this nineteenth
century as cruel, as blind, as selfish, as much
opposed to education, as full of superstition as at
any time in the past.
Sad and melancholy as is the truth, it is here, and
evidently here to stay. There is a paper circulated
among the young, culled by a priestly name, which
carries to the homes of vast numbers of individuals
this fearful superstition and falsehood, known as
indulgences, fresh from the hand of Leo XIII.
Here is an Agnus Dei, with a little of the earth
from the foot of the cross, of which doubtless cart
loads have been shipped away, which saves from
drowning, etc. Here is a book bought at Dona
hue s, published in Barclay street, New York, with
the approbation of John Hughes, archbishop, as full
of lies as an egg is full of meat, circulated among
Romanists. This is the caption :
DEVOTION OF THE SCAPULARS.
Scapular of our Lady of Mount Carmel. "As it
is considered a mark of distinction by men to have
attendants wearing their livery, so does the Blessed
Virgin like to see her servants wear her scapular ;
it should be a sign of their having devoted them
selves to her service, and of their belonging to the
family of the mother of God." (St. Alphonsus
A scapular is a piece of cloth worn on the bosom
and on the back to procure indulgences to sin, or
indulgences which shall free from the guilt or pain
of sin. Now, Romanists are making a distinction
between the payment of the debt in purgatory,
and an indulgence to sin.
4 And yet," said Archbishop Hughes, "we have
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spoken only of the scapular of our Blessed Lady
of Mount Carmel. There are several others to
which likewise many graces and indulgences are
/. The Scapular of our Blessed Lady of the Seven
Dolors, of the Order of the Servants of Mary, found
ed in Florence, in 1133, by seven men, to whom the
Blessed Virgin appeared, and commanded them to
wear a black habit in memory of the Seven Dolors.
" //. The Scapular of tlte Immaculate Conception of
the Order ofTheatines, or Regular Clerks, which was
founded by Peter John Caraffa, who was afterwards
Pope, under the name of Paul IV., and died in the
"///. The Scapular of The Most Holy Trinity,
of the Order of Trinitarians, for the redemption of
captives, which was founded in the twelfth century
by St. John deMatha and St. Felix deValois.
These religious wear a white habit, with a cross of
red and blue on the breast, as shown by an angel to
St. John deMatha, and in which the Blessed Virgin
appeared to St. Felix deValois. These three Scap
ulars, like the Scapular of Mt. Carmel, are composed
each of two small pieces of woolen cloth. When
together with that of Mount Carmel, all four pieces
square, or nearly so, are sewed together, like leaves
of a book, and four more pieces exactly similar are
sewed in like manner ; then these two parts, four
pieces in each, are joined by two bands of tape about
eighteen inches long, so that one part falls on the
breast, and the other on the back, The largest piece
is generally the Scapular of Mt. Carmel, which is of
brown color ; the second, which is somewhat smaller,
is the Scapular of Our Lady of the Seven Dolors,
and is of a black color ; the third is, the Scapular of
the Immaculate Conception, and is still smaller and
of a blue color. This color, the emblem of resigna-
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tion to Mary, was also the color of her mantle. The
Scapular of the Most Holy Trinity is white, and
the smallest of the four, in the middle of which there
must be a cross, likewise of wool, one arm of which
must be of red, the other blue. All these colors, as
well as the cross, must be visible.
The Redemptorist Fathers have the power to give
these three Scapulars. The essential requirement for
all the indulgences and graces annexed to these
three Scapulars is, to receive them from a priest
empowered to grant them, and to wear them con
stantly. If any one loses or wears out the Scapular,
he can take another in its stead. Those who, either
though carelessness, or even through malice, neglect
to wear it, or have laid it aside, can again resume it,
and gain all the indulgences as before. The Scap
ular of the Most Holy Trinity alone is excepted ; ac
cording to the declaration of Innocent XI., it must
be blessed as often as renewed.
Indulgences are granted to those who wear the
scapulars, by Paul V. in 1606, Clement X. in 1673,
Clement XI. in 1710, Innocent XI. in 1680, 81, 82.
WHAT THEY CLAIM TO DO.
They teach that they save life. Proof: At the
siege of Montpelier, in the year 1682, a soldier
named M. de Beauregard, was struck by a musket-
ball, which rested on the Scapular and saved his life.
Louis XIII., King of France, saw it, and put on a
Scapular. Monsieur de Cuge, cornet of a company
of horse, was wounded at Tefin, in the year 1636, by
a cannon ball, which, passing through the left side,
tore his heart to pieces, so that, naturally, he could
not live a moment. The Scapular saved him until
the priest came ; and so on, and so on.
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THIS IS ALL DECEPTION.
If Romanists can do the one, they can do both.
Besides, whenever indulgences are procured, the
besotted run the risk, and plunge deeper into sin
because of it.
To say, as does Rev. Dr, Duryea and the Boston
School Board, that an indulgence is not & permission
to commit sin, is to deceive the people. Said Tetzel :
"Draw near, and I will give you letters duly
sealed, by which even the sins you shall hereafter
desire to commit shall all be forgiven you. I would
not exchange my privileges for those of St. Peter in
heaven ; for I have saved more souls with my indul
gences, than he with his sermons. There is no sin so
great that the indulgence cannot reach it let him
pay largely, and it shall be forgiven him. Even
repentance is not indispensable. Shall such facts be
cast out of our school-books, that the generation
now coming upon the stage of action may be surren
dered to Rome ?
In Canada is an indulgence of Pio Nono, offering
to all who enlisted in his army indulgences for
themselves and their relatives, framed and hung in
the homes of the deluded. Here is one that offers
100 days indulgence each time repeated, signed
Pius IX., 3d June, 1874. Here is another offering-
indulgences to all who will contribute to the building
of the University College of Ottawa : the holder of
this certificate shall be entitled to share twenty-five
masses daily, and in all the prayers and good works
of the Rev. Oblate Fathers,
For ten years, by a contribution of 25 cents.
Forever - $200
A family, for ten years - - $100
Thus are men and women deceived. They trust
in man, rather than in the efficacy of the atonement
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by Jesus Christ. This gives them power at sick
beds over the wills of the dying, and over the purses
of living relatives and friends. From the living they
get profit in the sale of indulgences, Agnus Deis,
scapularies, masses of every kind, dispensations from
fasts, removal of impediments to marriage, miracu
lous medals, various defences against the devil,
grace through the images or relics of patron saints,
and other similar devices.
Remember, there is nothing to be gotten from the
Roman Catholic church without money. No money,
no baptism ; no money, no marriage ; no money, no
burial ; no money, nothing.
If Romanists deceive Romanists, it becomes Chris
tians to preach to them the gospel. The mortifica
tion and shame which came to us because of one who
professes allegiance to Christ, is very hard to bear.
Let the shame and disgrace end there. Christians,
awake, and put your armor on ! Napoleon in Egypt,
close by the pyramids, said: "Twenty centuries
behold your actions." Christian people, look up to
the throne. Jesus is there. Look about you, behold
Romanists are crowding the broad road to death.
Millions of youth are interested in this controversy.
Will Americans rise to the level of their great oppor
tunity and do their whole duty ? or will they bow down
to Rome, and barter away their God-given rights?
This is the question of the hour ! How will it be
answered ? Shall men be taught error, or the truth ?
Remember, "as a man thinketh in his heart, so is
he." Think right, and all will be well. Think
wrong and act wrong, and ruin awaits you.
CAN WASHINGTON BE TAKEN OUT OF THE LAP OF
This may jet come to be the question of the hour.
If done, it must be accomplished through the com
bined efforts of the people of the United States. The
North and the South, the East and the West, must
come up alike to the help of the Lord against the
mighty. The need of it is apparent. It is the
boast of the Frenchman, that as goes Paris, so goes
France. As went Rome, so went Italy. And so it
may yet be said, As goes Washington, so will go
the great Republic.
Remember, France made Paris bend her neck to
the people. Italy thundered at the gates of Rome ;
took away the States of the Church from His Holi
ness the Pope ; tossed overboard, with contempt and
ease, the ruler who was said to preserve the equi
poise of Europe ; sent him a prisoner to the Vatican ;
and went on with the work of making Italy free,
as if the tap-root of Papal Rule had not been the
growth of centuries. Washington, the centre of
political influence and activity, is in the lap of Rome,
with the consent of the people. Let there be a
protest. Unroof the monster, Jesuitism. Uncover
the pollution, the scandal of the confessional.
Unlock and throw open the doors of the convents
and nunneries, the assignation houses, kept for a
so-called celibate priesthood. Expose the conduct
of those who have made prostitution flourish at
Rome and in all the great cities in which they have
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control, and Washington will shake off the incubus.
The nation will declare for purity, for justice, for
emancipation from the shackles of blind and besotted
Romanism, and from the thraldom of the black-robed
throng, who insult their sick, half-starve their
orphans, for whose support they are paid by the
State, and maltreat their poor ; because in the heart
of Rome love is exchanged for selfish greed. Not
ahvays will statesmen bow and cringe to obtain
the Roman Catholic vote, which is only powerful
because it is always on sale, going to the highest
bidder, without regard to principle. It will yet
appear that fifty millions of people, blessed with
liberty, and in the presence of wonderful opportu
nity, cannot afford to creep under the black wing of
Papal despotism, that vampire that sucked the life-
blood out of Spain, out of Mexico, and out of any
country where it has been permitted to do its hellish
work undisturbed. Christianity is the product of
witnessing for the truth. The Papacy is the monu
ment of withholding testimony for God. Error is
the servant of the "Prince of the power of the air."
Truth is the helpmeet of God. Witnessing for the
truth is to result in the overthrow of every form of
error. There are reasons for this faith. Let us
enumerate a few of them :
1. God is for the truth. When we say that, the
argument assures the people of victory so soon
as they are made ready to stand with and for God.
By grace, by Providence, by the help of God s true
children, in uncounted and in unexpected ways, aid
will be brought to those who put on the whole
armor of God and stand ready to fight the good fight
of faith. The achievements wrought by truth, and
for the truth, in other days and on other fields,
attest the truth that God works for those who work
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DARK DAYS THERE HAVE BEEN.
Here is an illustration. Death, the fire, and the
inquisitorial torture of Romish hate, had achieved an
apparent victory. The night was dark, because the
witnesses were still.
In 1514 the Council met in Rome. Into the Market
Place strode a servant of the Church of Rome, and in
pride asked, Is there one who protests ?" He waited.
He listened. The Waldensians were dead in France.
In England the Lollards were exterminated. In Italy
truth had been slain in the street. " Not one pro
tests!" It was a terrible charge brought by Rome
against Rome. Thousands and tens of thousands
passed from the Cross to the stake. They were
burned, tortured, hurled over rocks. Rome reveled
" The rack, the fagot, or the hated creed
Were the tender mercies of tyrant Rome;
While, fearless amidst Christ s fold fierce wolves did roam,
And stainless sheep upon her altars bleed."
In May 1514, the testimony ceased. Three years
and a half pass. It is a prophetic period. Look !
Up the stair-way climbs Martin Luther on his knees.
Hark ! A voice sounds down to him. He is tired,
sick, hopeless, despondent, a type of all Romanists.
" The just shall live by faith," passes through the
gateway of the conscience to the chamber of the soul.
It startles him. It unlocks night. It uncovers the
crucified Christ. Clouds depart. He is born again.
He is in a new world. He confesses it. He becomes
a witness. God helps his own. Everything is made
ready for the work. The banner is unfurled.
Redeemed men take it and bear it on. The friends
of error are powerless, in presence of the testimony
of living and brave witnesses.
Think how Zwingle, Luther, Melancthon, William,
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Prince of Orange, told the truth ! They carried their
testimony into towns, into churches, and into homes.
They told what God did for them. As justification
by faith placed them on vantage ground, they
called to men in night and gloom to come to the
light, and held up to them the reeking cross, which
broke the power of the man of sin " and gave de
liverance to captive souls.
TRUTH DISINTEGRATES ROMANISM.
Romanism was born, and found its place of being
and its capacity of growth, because of the surrender
of the individual conscience to the keeping of a
Every effort put forth by the individual in behalf
of the truth is a subtraction from the power which
upholds the Papacy, and an addition to the power
which is to people the world with hope, and make
the desert to bud and blossom as the rose. Hence
every movement in favor of individual thinking
favors Christianity and opposes Romanism. Every
scintillation of truth in behalf of freedom, every word
spoken for God and the right, clears the way for
humanity, and widens the area of the kingdom of
God. There is nothing in Romanism calculated to
charm or please the thinking and unfettered intellect.
It stultifies reason where it can ; it banishes God s word
as best it may ; that word which is the foundation of the
World s jurisprudence, the fountain-source of liberty,
and the pillar of flame and cloud, by whose aid the
nation has made its march out of the wilderness of
trial into the Canaan of possession. Romanism fet
ters the mind, enslaves the limb, and is the servant
of injustice, the parent and source of despotism, and
the foe of all that ennobles and exalts humanity.
This is coming to be known and felt. Romanists are
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feeling it quite as much as others. Christ is leading
"He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment
O be swift my soul to answer Him ! be jubilant my feet I
Our God is marching on.
In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born, across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom that transfuses you and me.
As he die dto make men holy, let us die to make men
While God is marching on."
Somebody will catch this inspiration, and become
the trumpeter of a great truth. Some one will appear,
not only as the scourge of impositions, and the pon
derous hammer that shall smite upon the brazen idol
atry of the age, but as the upbuilder of holy princi
ples in accordance with the teachings of the Word of
It is essential that a dear conception be obtained of
the wvrk to be done.
A free Church in a free State was once the battle-
cry of the Republic. Rome is organizing an aggres
sive warfare upon the separation of Church and State.
It was the hope of promoting a union of Church and
State that made the Red-Robed Cardinal desire the
company of a son of a Presbyterian minister, occu
pying the position of President, in laying the corner
stone of the Jesuit college. It is to be proclaimed
that the religion of Jesus Christ is to be divorced
from the State. This is not because Republicans
honor religion less. They believe that the Church of
Christ is a divine institution, which has to do with
finding out the truth, holding the truth, and spreading
They believe also in the State ; claim that it is also
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a divine institution, and has sacred duties, such as
guaranteeing to every man safety, and making his
person, his property, and his right to think and be.
The State must be safety, justice, righteousness.
There must be a free Church in a free State, the State
subject to justice only, the Church subject to Christ
True Americans must see that the very antipodes
of the idea just stated is the Romish idea. Rome claims
that the Church shall be all, and the State a non-entity,
and that the Roman Catholic religion shall be per
mitted to exclude all other forms of faith. The Pope
declares, that it is an error to be reprobated and pro
scribed, that the Church shall be separate from the
State. Americans are to take note of this, and be
made ready to antagonize it.
Rome claims that it is " an error to be reprobated,
proscribed, and condemned, to say that, in the case
of conflicting laws between the two powers, the civil
law ought to prevail, and that the church has not the
power of availing herself of force, or any direct or
indirect temporal power." These propositions so
clear, so startling bear date Dec. 4th, 1864, of
"Errors Condemned," and were reaffirmed by the
late Plenary Council of Baltimore. Truly has it been
said : " There is enough dynamite in these proposi
tions to blow up our entire modern civilization,
destroy liberty of conscience, and bring utter ruin
upon the purity of the church and the integrity of
Americans know that in the United States, at the
present time, there is a union of Church and State to
an extent little dreamed of.
In New Jersey, the State Reform School has been
Romanized. The unsectarian teaching, in piety and
morals, has been destroyed. The moral and relig
ious training of the Catholic boys is handed over
WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROMP:. 253
completely to the Romish Church. The same is true
of the City of New York, where children arrested are
given over to institutions under the control of the
religion professed by their parents. As a result,
there are 3,000 Roman Catholic youth in the New
York Protectory, more lost to Protestantism than if
they were born and reared in Rome.
The State thus gives a guarantee to the Roman
Catholic Church, that no child of Romish parents
shall be permitted to come in contact with the free
thought of our American life and with the religion of
our Lord Jesus Christ. This is not liberty of con
science ; this is coercion of conscience. The Amer
ican people will see this ; and seeing it, they will cor
rect the legislation that makes it live and thrive under
the shadow of the broad ^Egis of our Republic.
Again : Rome seeks to take the children of the
State out of the control of the civil power. This is
the exact language of the Syllabus : That * the entire
direction of public schools in which the youth of
Christian States are educated, may and must apper
tain to the civil power, is an error to be reprobated
and proscribed. Issue must here be joined. "
We want in our land no fractional parts of Amer
icans we want whole men, who are rooted in
American ideas. The Baltimore Plenary Council
decided, that all Catholic children shall be educated
in parochial schools. This education will give us
mutilated men and women. The American people
must be made to see this, and they will resist the
"I wonder," said Dr. Dollinger of Germany, the
Old Catholic, who fought the conferring of the decree
of Infallibility upon Pio Nono, " I wonder if they
understand in America what an infallible Pope means ?
that it means a hand stretched over into the United
States, and laid upon every Roman Catholic citizen,
254 WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME.
and imposing upon him the obligation to set himself
up in opposition to the ordinances of your Govern
ment whenever the Pope shall pronounce his judg
ments against these ordinances on moral or religious
ground?" Yes, Dr. Dollinger, a great many under-
stand it, and are getting ready to deliver Roman
Catholics from their thraldom.
Roman Catholics are getting more money for the
support of Romish schools than is given to all the
Evangelical churches combined. The New York
Independent affirms, that Protestant schools find more
difficulty in getting what they ask for than the
Romish schools. It affirms that Government inter
feres less with Romish schools than with Protestant.
It affirms that, in the schools wholly supported by the
Government, they are rapidly passing into the con
trol of the Roman Catholics, even where all are
Protestants, as among the Indians.
A Roman Catholic was kept at the head of the
postal service until it was very largely Romanized,
with Roman Catholics for postmasters wherever
they could be pushed in ; and then he was trans
ferred to the Interior Department to Romanize that ;
while the head of the army, a Roman Catholic, gave
a Roman Catholic sutler control of every army post,
and the nation donates, even against fundamental
law, a lot of land at every military post, on which
to build a Roman Catholic chapel.
The American people only need to be made
acquainted with these facts, and they will antagon
Our fathers clamored for a separation of Church
and State. Let their children go on with the work.
It has been well said : "If we work to serve the
twentieth century, we must save the nineteenth."
We must reconstruct our geography, and permit the
WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME. 255
Tiber to flow into the Potomac, and not compel the
Potomac to flow into the Tiber.
Create a literature that shall point out the vices
and corruptions of Romanism.
Popery must be antagonized ; Christ must be
championed. This, politicians will come to see.
They will insist upon a separation of Church and
State ; upon maintaining a public school system, in
which all the children of the State shall be educated.
The Bible shall be unbound. This made way for
Luther, so that when he came they breathed an air
which had long been most patiently impregnated
with the very essence of innovation. The word of
God in the hands of the people is the accusing spirit
of the Papacy. In the days of Wicliff, " the noise
of its wings" were faintly heard in England.
Then, men of position, indignant at the impover
ishment and disgrace of their country, antagonized
the power of Eome. Afterwards men fought it, be
cause of the perversion and abuse of their religious
institutions. Hence, when the conflict under Luther
began, the leader of it could number potentates
among his allies and partizans, till, at last, he may
be said to have had
" A kingdom for a stage, princes for actors,
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene."
Not so at the present time. Our great men seem
to be our greatest cowards.
In pulpits, in pressrooms, and on platforms, it is
fashionable to be servile. What kings did in Europe
who held the stirrup for His Holiness to mount, that
presidents and politicians in free America seem
ready to do. It is not in our stars, but in ourselves,
that we are underlings to Rome. The Church of
Rome is being pandered to by men who will ere
long wake up to their shame. What mean these
256 WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME.
"Roman Catholic Notes" that meet the approval of
Roman Catholic officials, except as an indication that
the Roman Catholic vote is a thing that may be
bargained for. How humiliating the fact ! Seven
millions of men and women in free America for sale
to the highest bidder ! For that vote, politicians
betray God, turn their backs upon liberty, surrender
the dearest rights of freemen to the keeping of their
bitterest foe. A distinguished statesman goes to
Rome ; enters the American College, so-called, in
fact, a college built by Americans to change Ameri
can youth into Italian priests ; there he referred to
the Church of Rome as "that Church which is so
widely spread and so profoundly respected." Where
is it "respected" by any one? Had he said, feared,
by all in America, and by himself more than all, he
had told the truth.
To stand up against Rome at this hour requires
high courage. Thousands have it. Millions will
yet possess it.
2. God is against Romanism. Prophecy declares
it. History brings proof in support of the propo
sition ; and from no nation so truly as from the story
of the life of the Republic of the United States.
Romanism is disintegrating, wherever the truth
concerning it is told. It resembles an ice-glacier
loosened from its Northern home. The current
bears it southward. The gulf-stream of liberty
catches it and dissolves it. Superstition is being
scattered broadcast by the brightness of the Sun of
The overthrow of the Papacy is simply the unful
filled prophecy of that Being who described its com
ing and its doom. The same Eye that saw the rise
and decline of Mohammedanism, the same Being
who gave the command, " Loose the four angels
which are bound in the great river Euphrates," (Rev.
WASHINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME. 257
9 :14), before the Islam horsemen swept forth in their
career of conquest ; and that commanded the sixth
angel to pour out his vial upon the great river Euphra
tes when the water was dried up (Rev. 16: 12),
and the way was prepared for the kings who are from
the rising of the sun, so that Turkey is destroyed,
and is a captive enslaved, the sport and plaything of
Continental powers ; that foretold the settlement of
America when he pointed to the ships of Tarshish
on their way to the land of broad rivers, described
the character and the occupation of the " beast " of
prophecy, and portrayed the " woman" clothed in
purple and scarlet and holding in her hand the cup of
her fornications and upon her head the writing :
Mystery ! Babylon the great ! The Mother of
Harlots and of the abominations of the earth"
This the people begin to see. Sound the battle-cry.
THE WORK IS ONLY BEGUN.
The possibility of bearing witness for Christ is
within reach of all. It is possible to carry truth
within the citadel of the enemy, through the agency
of the help employed in our houses and in our
places of business.
Never do I think of the millions about us, who
want something better than these mummeries to sat
isfy the cravings of their immortal souls, but I rejoice
that the Gospel, as we know it, is the power of God
and the wisdom of God, suited to their every need.
Tell them of it. There is no mistaking what it will
do for them. It will save their souls, and give them
a joy and peace they seek elsewhere in vain.
The Holy Spirit works for those who work for
God. There are links in the chain of God s provi
dence which enter into the chain that is mighty to the
pulling down of the stronghold of error. Children
of God, be true. Things of deep interest are pend-
258 WAHSINGTON IN THE LAP OF ROME.
ing. Let soul touch soul. Let truth combat error ;
and the people of the Lord, beautiful as Tirzah,
comely as Jerusalem, shall be terrible as an army
with banners !
The Lord Jehovah reigneth. Let the people
rejoice. For from God we obtain the assurance that
witnessing for the truth shall result in the takino- of
Washington out of the lap of Rome, making her the
glory of the Nation, and the Light-house of the
World ; so that the millions now shrouded in dark
ness shall awake to the touch of the new-born radi
ance, and leaving their idols behind, shall walk forth
into the new day heirs of God, and joint-heirs with
Jesus Christ, to an inheritance incorruptible, and
un defiled, and that fadeth not away.
AMEN AXD AMEN.
ACTUAL Ruler of the Nation,
Aggressions of Romanism, 233
Agnus Dei, 242, 240
Alexander VII., VIII., 38
Allis, Rev. J. M., of the Chili
Mission, and his Story, 164
Aloysius, Saint, 85
Americans on Guard, 106;
Archbishop of Toronto and
the Young Man, 168
Army 700,000 Strong, 13
Articles of Confederation Rat
A Sixpenny Nail and Jesuit
Assuming Divine Titles, 33
BACKUS, Isaac, 59
Baker, Detective, 132
Balkan Peninsula, 105
Baltimore, Lord, Came to
Bastards of Pius VI. , 83
Belgium Liberal. 127
Benedict XII., 38
Beuter, Capt. Frank A., and
Grand Army Relief Commit
Bible Unbound, 255
Bickerdyke, Mrs. Mary A.,
birth, etc., 94; In San Fran
Blair, Henry W., 46; His
Speech, 47; Joint Resolu
Blake, John J., 232
Blessed Lady, 243
Booth, John Wilkes, 131
Boston School Committee, 230
Boucher, Chas., 133
Bradley, Miss Amy M., 92
Brooklyn Robbed, 78
Broschi, Duchess of, 82, 83
Bunker Hill Road, 17.
CAIRO Hospital, 94
Caldwell, Miss Mary Gwen
dolen; Birth; Gift, 12
Canada, 245 ; and Presbyterian
Minister, 16; Mouthpiece of
Can the Jesuits be Expelled? 53
Can Washington be Taken Out
of the Lap of Rome? 247
Capitol Staked Out, 61
Caraffa, John, 243
Cardinal Gibbons, Prince of
the Church, Born, Educated,
11. Appointed, 1.
Cardinal s Palace, 142; Red-
Carroll, Anna Ella, 100
Carroll, Charley, 100
Catholic Millionaires, 111
Catholic University, 11 ; Where
Located, 16; Why, 18
Chamberlain of Innocent,
VIII. , 238
Cliapelle, Father, 16
Chase, S. P., 122
Children Shut Out of School
Privileges in New York and
Chiniquy, Father, Story of
Plot Against the Republic,
108; Birth, etc., 115; Saved,
Chiniquy Incognito, 134
Church and State Divorced, 251
Churches in Washington. 85
Clarence, The Story of, 89
Clement, Popes X., XI., X1L,
Clement XIV., Suppressing
Jesuits, 38; Poisoned, XIV.,
Clerks, Eegular, 243
Cliff, Captain Amos, 99
Colfax and Wife, 130
Coligni, Admiral, Murdered,
Colored Orphan Asylum, 126
Committee s Statement Re-
garding Indulgences, 234
Conge, Mons., 44
Congress at Prayer, 104
Connelly, Rev. Pierce, 162
Connubial Felicity Enjoyed by
Priests and Nuns, 167
Conspiracy Hall, 37
Convents of St. Lucia and St.
Conwell, Rev. F. A., 133
Corruption of llomanism, 255
DARK Days, 249
Dennison, Capt. D. A., 99
l)e Laveleye, Emile, 127
Description of Romanism, by
Lord Montague, 76
Devotion of the Scapulars, 242
Dens, Peter, 148 ; and Seduc
Dissipation in Hospital, 75
Dix, Miss Dorothy, 91
Dolinger, 253, 254
Dominicans, Female, 81
Duryea, Joseph T., D.D., 232,
bowing to Rome, 223 ; Peti
tion for removal of, 233, 245
Dutch Republic, 119
EDUCATOR of the World, 100
Elizabeth of England, 34
English Nobility, 230
Errors Condemned, 252
Evangelical Alliance Meeting,
Evans, Brice S., 230
Exarchate of Ravenna, 33
FALLON, Joseph D., 232
Faneuil Hall, 230
Federal Compact formed in
New England, 104
Fifteen Thousand Slaves to
Rome in Washington, 136
Fifth Avenue Cathedral on
Stolen Land, 78
Fifty Millions Forgotten, 99
Fight in Boston, 233
Fort Donelson, the Wound
ed, 96; McHenry, 108.
Franklin, Benjamin, 61
Free College, 229 ; Church and
a Free State, 251
Freeman s Journal, 108
GABRIEL the Priest, 155, 156
Garden of the Soul, and Filthy
Questions, 150, 151
Georgetown College, a Jesuit
Gibbons, Cardinal, Coloniza
tion Scheme, 52 ; Speech 53 ;
and Religious Liberty, 58
Girard, Assassin of Prince of
Given, Author Of The Jesuit
and University, 157
God is for the Truth, 248;
Marching on, 251 ; is against
Gold Mines and Jesuits, 111
Gordon, Gov., 51 ; Speech, 51
Grant, General, 130
Grant, Mrs., 130
Great Men Great Cowards,
Gregory VII., 119
Harlot of the Tiber, 43, 138
Hastings, Warren, 62
Heckler, Father, 127
Heirs of God, 258
Henry of France, 34; Henry
III. of France, 40
Hibernians, Ancient Order of,
Higbee, Supt. of Public In
struction, Pennsylvania, 228
Hogan, Mr. 173
Holy See, 236
Hospitals under Romish Con
How Washington came to be
How Schools are Taught, 102
Hughes, Archbishop, 56; Pro
posed Sale, 106, 242; Insti
gator of plot, 125 ; treach
Hugo, Victor, Devilfish, Pre
Huss, John, 241
IMMANUEL S Land, 135
Important Evening, May 24,
Indulgence Defined, 231 ; Form
of, 236 ; Born, A.D. 1096, 238
Indulgence No Use to a Christ
ian, 240; Granted by Popes,
244; What They Claim to
Instruction to Catholics, 231
Interior Department, 254
Irish-American Society, 68
Irishmen biding their Time, 106
Irish Catholics Coming to the
Islam Horsemen, 257
Italy, 145, 247
JEFFERSON, Thomas A., on
Employment of Foreigners.
Jesuit University in the New
Jesuitism Runs the Church of
Rome, 33 -, Origin of, 33;
Born in Spain, and by Whom
Banished, 103 ; Re-estab
lished, 103; Jesuits Set
Apart to Murder, 39; Oath,
42; Reinstated by Pio
Nono, Confirmed by Leo
XIII., 43; Ruling Washing
ton, 45; Expelled, 38; Col
onization Scheme, 59; Mis
sion in Maryland, 61; Col
lege founded in 1789, 61;
Chartered, 61; Climb to
Power in Washington, 63;
Perjury of, 63; Rule the
Pope, 64 ; in Washington and
Elsewhere, 100; Where and
How Working, 105; Swim
in a Golden Sea, 112; Mili
tary Organization, 112; Con
stitution of, 146
Jesuitism Unroofed, 247
John, Beloved Disciple, 28
Joseph II., of Austria, 81
Kansas City, 109
Keaue, John, Hector of Uni
versity; Birth; Appoint
Kelly, John D., Chief of Col
onization Scheme, 51
Kennedy, John A., 126
Kenrick, Bishop, 148, 149
Knights of the Red Branch, 68 ;
Of St. Patrick, 68
LADY of the Tiber, 16
Lafayette, 62, 102; Washing
ton s Friend, 106
Lap of Rome, 146
Laveleye, Guide de E., 127
Lee, Gen., 130
L Enfant, Major, Laid Out the
Leo X., Prayer of, 238; Fire
Leo XIII., 16; Poisoned by
Jesuits, 64, 241
Leopold of Tuscany, 81
Lehiman, Father, 131
Lie; No Lie, No Pope, 235
Lincoln Abraham ; Became
President, 115; Threatened
by Romish Priests, 116;
Understood Popery, 120;
Should Have Told It, 121;
Suggestive Scripture, 128
Lincoln; Last Day on Earth,
Lincoln, Mrs. 130
Lincoln, Robert S., 130
Lincoln, Willie, Death of, 29
Livermore, Mrs. M. A., 90, 91
Lord Jehovah Reigneth, 258
Louis XII., King of France, 244
Louis XVI., 82
Louis Napoleon, Ally of Pius
Loyola, Ignatius, 37
Luther Martin, 235, and the
Pope, 239, on his Knees, 249
Maria Monk, 173
Maryland and Seat of Govern
Mary Magdalene, 173
Mary versus Christ, 31
Mayor of Baltimore and Crim
Meade, General, and a Jesuit,
Mexico, 55, 247
Middleton Estate, 16
Minister and Priest Comparing
Notes, 18, 19, 20.
Moffat, Mrs. Philomene, Chini-
quy s Deliverer, 117
Mohammedanism 142, 256
Monarchy in Mexico Given
Montagne, Lord Robert, 75
Morse, Prof., 62; Revealing
the Conspiracy, 118
Mother of Harlots, 257
Mount Carmel, 243
Napoleon I. 43 ; in Egypt, 246
Napoleon Louis, 43
Narragansett Bay, 57
National Administration in the
Hands of Rome, 107
New Jersey State Reform
New Orleans, 108
New York Protectory, 253;
No Protest, 249
North American Empire, 45
Northup, Bishop, S. Carolina,
Nunneries, Prisons or Worse,
Nuns and Departments, 137 ;
Visits Members of Con
gress, 138 ; driven out, 139 ;
OBLATE Fathers, 245
O Brien, Col., Murdered, 126
Old Catholic, 253
Old South Church and Minis
Orange, Prince of, 119
PANDERING to Rome, 255
Papacy, the Monument, 248
Papal Despotism and Wash
Parish Priests and Incontinen-
Parker, J. W.,88
Parochial Schools, 228
Paul Arrived in Rome, 29, 236
Penn, Wm., 57
Peter 236 ; the Great, 59
Petition for the Removal of
Dr. Duryea from the School
Board , 233
Pharaoh defies God, 15
Philip II. of Spain and Arma
da, 15; and Jesuits, 104
Pitman, Ben., and Book of
Pius IX. and Allocution of
1851, 112; and Jefferson Da
vis, 123; Letter to Jefferson
Davis, 124 ; and Suffrage, 127
Plenary Council, 252, 253
Plymouth Rock, 55
Pontifex Maximus, 30
Pope Stephen I, 33 Paul and
Pius, 34; Humiliation, 44;
Pius VII., 71; Clement
XIV., 71; Pius VI., Two
Children by his Sister, 81 ;
Palace, 140; Servants, 141
Popery Opposing the Repub
Popes in Conflict, 144
Proofs that Romanism was the
Assassin of Lincoln, 132
Praying People, 14
President, Presbyterian As
Priests and Illegitimate Chil
Procession Described, 17
Proclamation reaches France,
Programme Changed, 14
Propaganda of Rome, 102
Property Held by Rome, 77
Protestant Nurse, 93
Providence General Hospital
and Nuns in Charge, 99
RAMBLER, The, 113
Randall, Sam l J. 74
Redemptorist Fathers, 244
Red Indulgence Cross, 238
Representatives of Foreign
Governments Attend St.
Matthew s, 23
Rhode Island and Religious
Romanism Dominant in the
Capital; Lincoln, Grant and
Arthur withstood it, Pref
ace ; a Deception and a
Fraud, 26; Mother of All,
26; a Deception, 27, 28; a
Fraud, 32 ; Anti-Christ, 33 ; a
Wide Berth, 73; Names
Eoman Catholic Colony Sailed
up the Potomac in 1034, 56 ;
of Maryland Opposing Lib
erty, 104; Vote, 248
Roman Catholic Generals and
Officers, 113; Notes, 256
Rome in the Lap of Washing
ton, 71; Rome Poses, 84
Rome Master of Cities, 110,
Rome Rule in Washington, 138
Rome s Exaltation Predicts
E,omeversus Republic, 114; the
Assassin of Abraham Lin
coln, 115; Misusing the
Bible, 169, 172
Rosecrans, Gen. W. S., Birth,
Rum Shops more Powerful
than Churches, 66
Ryan, Bishop, Speech, 70
SAINT John deMather, 243
Saint Felix deValois, 243
Satan Potent, 60
Scapulars Described, 242; (of
the Most Holy Trinity, 244,
D Riecci Scippio.)
School Buildings Rented to
Romanists in Pittsburg and
Scippio, Riecci, 81, 82
Semmes, Admiral, 103
Separation of Church and
Serpent about the Capitol, 106
Seven Dolors, Blessed Lady
Seward,W. H., 122
Shall Jesuits be Welcomed or
Sherman, Gen. W. T., 80
Should Romanists be Allowed
to Vote? 127
Shrewsbury, Earl, 163
Sick Woman Assaulted, 90
Sisters of Mercy in Hospital,
Soldier s Home, 16
Spain, 145, 248
Spalding, Rev. J. L., Birth and
Education, 12 ; Visits Rome,
Spanish Blood, not English, 45
Stauton, Secretary, 130
St. Bartholomew, 125
St. Louis and Cathedral, 132
St. Petersburg, 59
Stephenson, Geo., 61
Stevens, Thacldeus, 136
Stir Up Hell, 255
Sue, Eugene, 154
Suffrage and the School Board,
Sully and Henry IV., 104
Sumter, 121, 130
Superstition Scattered, 256
Supremacy of Peter No Scrip
ture Warrant, 27
Surratt, Mary, 72, 131
Surratt, John, 131
Swinton s Outlines of History,
230 ; Reasons for its Expur
Tax of the Sacred Chancery,
Taylor, Jeremy, 58
Terrein, Mrs., 117
Tetzel, 235, 239; and Indul
gences of the Old Type, 245
Theatines, Order of, 243
Things that Can be done
Against Rome, 134
Thompson, Hon. Richard W. ,
Times, London, 163
Torquemada in Spain, 59
Tortures in New Jersey, 67
Trained to be Spies, 155
Truth Disintegrates Romau-
Twenty Thousand Children
Shut Out, 229
UNLIMITED Toleration Opposed
by Abraham Lincoln, 127
Urban XII. , 8 ; Urban II. , 238
VAN BUREN, Martin, 108
Veruon, Mount, 59
Virginia, 59 ; Mother of Presi
dents, 6 ; Population, 61
Volunteers, U. S., 68
Wandering Jew, 154
Washington City More Than a
Washington, George, Saw the
Washington in the Lap of
Rome : Charge, Preface ;
Fierce Conflict in, 20; Ap
proved Bill for Location of
Washington Out of the Lap of
Wesley, John, 61
What Will the Citizens of the
Republic Do About It ? 153
White, Blanco, 173
White House and Cardinal s
Why Priests Should Wed, 147,
Wiget, Father, 131
Will Americans Rise? 248
William, Emperor; Fight with
William, Prince of Orange,
Williams, Roger, 45, 59
Wolves Go in Packs, 130
Work Only Begun, 257
XAVIER, Donald MacLeod,
You Have So Long a Time to
Youth Imperilled, 24
ZAMBESI Region and Jesuits,
Zealand, New, 105
Zebedee s Children, 27
Fulton, Justin Dewey, 1828-1901.
Washington in the lap of Rome